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diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency

Posted by
Jeannie Gleisner on November 17, 1999 at 18:30:02:

I'm here in desperation, seeking alternative ideas for my 33-year old daughter diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. It has been impossible to manage her glucose even with skilled and meticulous monitoring and insulin dosage. Her blood sugar bolts anywhere from 38 to 540 in half a day. Her primary care doc gives her 10 years to live at this rate. She has exhausted the reaches of allopathic medicine (with an endocrinologist and other specialists) and is open to alternatives. Recent tests show she is severely deficient in magnesium. Any clues what causes that? My bit of research indicates it affects conversion of sugar to energy - could this deficiency be involved in her wildly swinging blood glucose? And anybody know of any alternative diabetes experts in the S.F. Bay Area? (She's on diability, living on a very small check, and insured by HealthNet HMO.)



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 18, 1999 at 12:30:43:

In Reply to: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency posted by Jeannie Gleisner on November 17, 1999 at 18:30:02:

Hi, Jeannie.

I am sure you know how rare it is for someone to contract type 1 diabetes at this age. It is MUCH more likely that this is insulin resistant diabetes and she needs a second opinion with that as a working hypothesis.

Is she seriously over weight???

In SF, I would start with Gary Ross, MD at 500 Sutter, (415) 398-0555. Tell him I said hello.

Next, how was the magnesium tested? Most physicians still do not have a clue that a serum magnesium is worse than nothing and that an intracellular magnesium is the only test that even has a chance of telling any useful information.

Finally, most of the things she could do that would help ANY kind of diabetes are free. They just require the person being willing to learn and to DO what they learn. Is your daughter like that?

The first thing she should do is become a serious student of "wellness" (See the article on the homepage about that.) This could not possibly harm any conventional management and is the most likely thing that will help in the long run.

Let me know what she learns and what you think she would be willing to learn and do.

If she is not willing to make this the most important thing in her life, for the next couple of years, I would agree with her doc about her life expectancy AND the last 5 years of that time will be VERY unpleasant.

However, if she is not willing to help herself, you must realize that the best you can do is open doors for her, you cannot make her walk through them THEN, you need to just love her as she is till she passes.

Walt




Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?)

Posted by
Jeannie G. on November 18, 1999 at 13:42:21:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) posted by Walt Stoll on November 18, 1999 at 12:30:43:

Walt: Thanks for your input. No, Linda is not overweight at all. Initially, type 2 was suspected and she was treated orally without success. She worked with an endo in Tucson and now with one in Concord, CA. Yes, she has personally gone to classes, has learned carb counting for her meals, is very smart and motivated. She swings from being resistant to being hyper-sensitive to insulin. She is generally very sensitive to even small doses. Severe migraines are part of the picture, as are an elevated white cell count. I'm giving her your web address, and she will log in here herself to clarify more details. Thank you!!!



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?)

Posted by
Linda Gleisner on November 18, 1999 at 18:24:59:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) posted by Walt Stoll on November 18, 1999 at 12:30:43:

I spoke to my mom at great length about the information she has been collecting. I have never been overweight and have been tested for insulin production. My fastings on gliboride and glucaphage were over 400. Magnesium deficiency could be linked to my migraines, fibromyalgia, depression and many other health problems. I want my life back and am willing to do whatever it takes. PLEASE help me. Thank-you



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) MIGRAINES combination with insulin resistance.

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 19, 1999 at 13:31:30:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) posted by Jeannie G. on November 18, 1999 at 13:42:21:

Thanks, Jeannie.

I look forward to hearing from your daughter. Have her identify herself so we wil not have to go through this stuff again.

She knows (I hope), by now, that insulin resistance starts like you have described: some days hypersensitive and some days hyposensitive. I had a feeling that this was part of the problem somehow.

Her "migraines" and elevated WBC tells me that chronic stress-efect storage in the hypothalamus is greatly influencing her hormonal and immunlolgical bases for this condition. I hope she will become a student of SR since it will be hard to get the necessary results from the other approaches without dealing with this most important mechanism.

IF her headaches are throbbing (vascular) she can at least get rid of the pain by using the biofeedback trick of the "hot arms" described in the article about this on the homepage. That, by itself, would reduce her stress level.

If, her headaches are NOT vascular (have been misdiagnosed like about 90% of all migraines are) the hot arms will not help at all.

Walt



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 19, 1999 at 13:43:34:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) posted by Linda Gleisner on November 18, 1999 at 18:24:59:

Hi, Linda.

I am assuming that you are the Linda that your mom and I have been discussing. Take a look at the note I sent her today and then get back to me.

Walt



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency

Posted by
Sherri McFerran Russo on November 19, 1999 at 15:33:14:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency ( Is she willing?) posted by Linda Gleisner on November 18, 1999 at 18:24:59:

I just wanted to check and make sure that you have been thoroughly tested for food allergies. Our son has insulin antibodies with huge swings also, but by eliminating dairy, cow's meat and wheat (and most grains) we have been able to get much better control. There is a test called "Immuno 1 Bloodprint" that checks for 102 different types of food allergies, I highly recommend it.
Also, we have noticed that merely taking a walk on the beach helps our son's condition more than just about anything else we can do (he's 4 years old). We call it the "beach effect", but I'm sure it must have something to do with relaxation. I'd definitely give it a try if I lived on the West Coast! Best wishes on your progress,
Sherri



Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency; ARCHIVE under diabetes.

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 20, 1999 at 12:05:27:

In Reply to: Re: diabetes type 1, magnesium deficiency posted by Sherri McFerran Russo on November 19, 1999 at 15:33:14:

Thanks, Sherrie.

Good point! I, personally have a very strong family history of diabetes and have insulin resistant diabetes myself. When I have dairy and wheat in my diet, my diabetes is poorly controlled with 150 units a day of multiple shots of Humulin R & N.

Within a few days of TOTALLY eliminating dairy and wheat, I am well controlled with 20-25 units of Humulin R a day (once).

When I talk to people about their own diabetes, I try not to overwhelm them with options in the beginning. I first try to get them to learn as much as they will and THEN.

Walt



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