Back to Basics of Diabetes

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Nora Saul

Nora Saul is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Manager of Nutritional Education at the Joslin Diabetes Center

By Nora Saul
M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E.
Manager of Nutritional Education at Joslin Diabetes Center

Great minds think alike—which means that people who are new to diabetes and the world of self management tend to come up with the same questions.

So for those of you a bit too shy to inquire directly, here’s what your fellows are curious about.

Every Monday, we will be posting a common diabetes-care question along with the answers I give patients. If there is a question you are dying to know the answer to, let us know.

What can I do to cure this?

Right now, there is no cure for either type. But good control goes a long way, and well-managed diabetes won’t cause any of the complications you may have heard of—not blindness, or kidney disease, or amputation.

The power is in your hands. Nothing is for certain, no one has a crystal ball–but eating a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, monitoring your blood glucose consistently, and taking your medications on schedule are important in ensuring a smooth road ahead.

6 Responses to Back to Basics of Diabetes

  1. Angela says:

    What are your thoughts on Diabetes type 1 and a hereditary link? My dad, brother and sister all have type 1 diabetes – I am the only child who doesn’t and of course my mother. Everyone diabetic type 1 I meet seems to be the only one in their immediate family. Do you have any idea why this might have occured in our family with such close family members?


  2. nora says:

    Dear Angela,
    Type 1 diabetes does have a genetic compenent. In order for a person to develop type 1 he/she must have a genetic predisposition along with an environmental insult. Researchers are starting to understand the genetics in type 1 and have located 18 genones that predispose to diabetes risk. Usually both parents have to have donated genes coding for diabetes for children to develop type 1. Although common, there are families with more than one sibling diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

  3. Amir JAMSHIDY says:

    i have diabetes type 2 about 5 mounts. in a biochemistry my fasting blood sugar was 237 and blood sugar 2 hpp was 349.
    di i need insulin injection?


  4. Stephen T says:

    Diabetes is a growing epidemic in this country. We need more education for people in all demographics so that they realize the risks. Too many people spend their lives thinking it can never happen to them, but they are mistaken. I’ve been looking into clinical studies on diabetes, and hopefully they will soon develop more effective treatments. Until then, your best chance is to take preventative measures against diabetes.

  5. Steve in FL says:

    Now, I know we are still years away from any cure, but I feel like there is a lot to be optimistic about. I have been very intrigued with the latest research conducted on diabetes. For one, some medical researchers have a new way that they could cure type 1 diabetes. Incredibly, they are working on developing a way to coax these cells in the intestine into producing insuin! It is a completely new approach to a cure, which for me is why it seems so promising.

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