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[IPk] Reason for age given

At 10-07-00 10:02 +0100, you wrote:

>   If my experience proves a rough norm this
> >would then mean that problems would not begin until the early thirties,
> >(rather than possibly while at university) when I believe the person is in
>  >a much better position to take them on.
>Why are they in a better position? When they're at an important point in
>their career, i cannot believe that this is a good time (as if any time
>were good) to experience HU.
>  In any case, this is such a sweeping statement.
>You should know that people are VASTLY different in how many aspects of
>diabetes affects them.

I cannot argue with you with regard to blind people, given your position, 
but other suggestions you propose all relate to proven medicines, over a 
very long period of time so there would be no advantage.
With regard to age I feel that because I put forward a suggestion of a 
rough parameter people think that I mean this is a rule, as with a goal 
scored in football, it has to cross the line. That is not what I mean. I 
think you will see that in most of the letters I have written I have 
stressed the point about people being different, so I don't know why you 
feel it necessary to include "VASTLY" above, I am very very aware of that, 
having met all sorts of diabetics, with VASTLY different concerns about 
diabetes, let alone responses to treatment.
The primary reason for replying is that I know, from my own experience what 
mayhem uncontrolled diabetes can cause at the age of 19 and how much more I 
knew about controlling doctors by the age of 30. When I went to Oxford, a 
diabetic specialist at the Radcliffe insisted on changing the insulin I was 
using. I had been well controlled before that, but the different insulin 
caused havoc, causing me many hypos during every week. As someone of that 
age, OK one has the vote but experience of the real world is very limited 
and as a student you are still following instructions given by lecturers, 
as a schoolchild does. Attempts to tell a diabetic specialist that he is an 
idiot are very difficult. The final outcome of what the doctor did was to 
deprive me of my degree, my Mods results were amongst the worst ever 
received. Ten years later in life one knows how to deal with so called 
specialists. I may be wrong but I believe people mature more through their 
20s than any other decade - with regard to life in the real world. The 
theory behind my thinking is that IF pump control does begin to fade after 
15+ years it would be better to reach that stage when in a position to deal 
with it yourself, rather than, as I would think the doctors' suggestion to 
the 20 year would be to abandon the pump and return (or even start) to MDI. 
I realise some people are born extroverts and would have no problem telling 
the doctor where to get off, while still in their teens, but I think they 
are a minority. I only take this precautionary view because there are so 
few, if any details of long term pump usage.
I take the same view with regard to what Shapiro has done, it all looks 
very rosy now, but his alternative anti-immune (or whatever the name is) 
drugs may prove deadly in the mid to long term. Hopefully his work will 
remove the need for pumps. I believe it is always best to proceed with 
caution, this again is drawn from my own experience of hearing so often of 
miracle cures, which do more harm than good.

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