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Halle Berry Upsets Diabetics

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Maybe it's the hormones from being pregnant, but Halle Berry has lost her mind.

The actress has been quoted saying that she was a Type 1 diabetic but now she has been able to ween herself off insulin to be a Type 2. SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.

Pregnant HALLE BERRY is winning her battle with diabetes, thanks to a healthy diet and good living. The actress was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after she passed out while shooting a TV show called Living Dolls when she first arrived in Hollywood. But the disease has now dropped to Type 2 diabetes because Berry is no longer "insulin dependent". She says, "I've managed to ween myself off insulin, so now I like to put myself in the Type 2 category."

Such an assertion is outraging many diabetics.

Type 1 diabetes means your pancreas is dead. It will never ever work again. You will always need insulin, unless there is a cure.

Type 2 means your pancreas is not dead. It still has life and with proper diet you can live without being on insulin.

No matter how much weight you lose or what you cut out of you diet, you can not change Type 1 diabetes, which is what Berry claims she's been able to do.

"If you come off insulin, then you were always a Type 2," a medical expert tells PerezHilton.com. "She is feeding into all the confusion in the world."

[Image via Celebrity Babylon.]

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  1. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom – thanx, the fanny pack made me laugh, I'd be the same way, those are so out of style lmao. I always have to explain that my 2 year old isn't wearing a watch, it's a medical i.d. I mean, who would put a watch on a 2 year old? People think either I'm a nutso parent, or that my child is a super genius who can tell time already ;)

  2. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: STUPID!!!!!!!!!!! – so-called parents? so you are a (so-called) medical receptionist and you feel that greeting patients and answering phones makes you an expert? seriously. i am currently a medical transcriptionist pursuing an RN degree, so i guess in using your mathematical career equations, that means i must be an MD by now. come on…

  3. Lauren says – reply to this


    Perez is right, Type 1's cannot live without insulin. She might have been Type 1.5 or Type 2 (yes there IS a type 1.5) but she could not be type 1 if she is no longer taking insulin. Either that or her a1c's are sky high and she's driving herself slowly into a diabetic coma. Not to mention, that if she WAS type 1 and pregnant, insulin resistance from a hormone produced by the placenta would be increasing her insulin needs even more. Fuck her for shooting off her mouth and sending off false information into an already ignorant world.

    (From a type 1 diabetic for 17 years AND a medical professional).

  4. L says – reply to this


    Re: Lila

    Yes, during pregnancy diabetics need even MORE insulin due to a hormone being produced by the placenta. If she was truly type 1 and pregnant, she'd be needing double the insulin. Either that or her a1c is sky high and she's putting her child at risk.

    (Went through a sucessful type 1 pregnancy myself)

  5. Lauren says – reply to this


    Re: Zoe

    That's a bunch of bullshit.

    Do you really think if that was true millions of type 1 diabetics would be submitting themselves to thousands of needle sticks a year? Yes, we're all masochists, we enjoy being pricked. I don't think so. Possibly the people who it has worked for are type 1.5 or type 2.

    Also, does the data show what the a1c's for those claiming to have "cured" themselves (and really it wouldn't be a cure, it would be an alternative treatment since they are still diabetic) are? I'm betting they're not in the target range.

  6. thenazi says – reply to this


    Re: samantha1373

    GD and borderline diabetes are completely different from type 1 diabetes. And before you go giving out any medical advice, learn to spell and use proper grammar.

  7. LMAO says – reply to this


    Re: Erin – ]

    HAHAHAHAHA! That was fucking hilarious. Either you're joking, or you're really fucking ignorant. Actually, during pregnancy the placenta makes a hormone that makes the mom MORE resistant to insulin requiring her to take more than ever. Next time, do some research before you post a comment that makes you look like an idiot.

  8. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: STUPID!!!!!!!!!!! – God your an idiot, and an ill informed one or at that!!
    Shut up, learn to use spell check, and do your research.

  9. brangelina lover says – reply to this


    Re: Idiot – are you talking about your mother or halle

  10. Karl says – reply to this


    I know that sometimes when women get pregnant they can develop temporary diabetes. They can also develop temporary allergies during pregnancy. But once the pregnancy is over these things go away. Maybe this is what she has but I do agree you cannot go from type one to type two.

  11. Karl says – reply to this


    Re: Karl
    Sorry I did not realize she has been type 1 for a long time.

  12. Molly says – reply to this


    Re: tg

    In response to TG…umm what natural healing methods are you referring to that can "heal your pancreas"? Let me just making sure you understand how TYPE ONE diabetes works…the islet cells in the pancreas (which make insulin which is necessary to live) are continually regenerated and killed off by a defect in the body's immune system. So really, it isn't the pancreas that needs to be healed, it is a defective immune system. Halle Berry was obviously misdiagnosed with type one diabetes, and probably had a severe case of insulin resistance and reduced insulin production. These are symptoms of TYPE TWO diabetes and could possibly be treated with natural cures. There is no cure for type one diabetes. Maybe you should do a little research and get your facts straight before you post a completely ignorant statement. You're probably one of those health food store self proclaimed "naturalists" who thinks they can cure anything with a b12 supplement. WRONG. Please tell me where I can find one of these type one diabetics that have supposedly been "cured" by alternative methods. I'd really like to talk to one of them.

  13. mega says – reply to this


    Re: Zoe

    The raw for 30 days and Sergei's recovery incorporated raw foods… but is much more than that. The 30 days system includes working on the mental/emotional and spiritual levels as well. As long as people stay in the same mindset, they cannot effect change.

    I only mention this because of the anger and exasperation expressed by so many on this forum. The need for deep change - down to the atomic level, is necessary. Changing the mental habit patterns is much harder than changing diet. My heart goes out to the children of these angry parents… if only they could see how anger/resentment feeds into the continuation of the dis-ease.

  14. Margo says – reply to this


    My son, who is type 1 and will never, ever be type 2, would like to stick an insulin filled syringe in her eye.

  15. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: Molly – they will never tell you of one cause there's never been someone with type 1 cured. They'll shout Sergei, but in everything I read about him, he was diagnosed awhile ago when they thought all children with diabetes have type 1. We are finding out more now that many children have type 2. Sergei went on about how unhealthy his family was eating and how he was overweight-he was really type 2 (like Miss Halle) because I'm sure all of us that personally know or have type 1 diabetes know that type 1 diabetics are skinny. In numberous websites (which also plug his book), he was diagnosed at different ages. So Sergei is also full of b.s.

  16. mega says – reply to this


    Re: 30daysystem is bullshit
    "here are the rates to tree of life, you all speak like natural costs nothing and we are all feeding into pharmaceuticals."

    Aha! now we are getting somewhere with this dialogue. Cost… the Tree of Life raw for 30 days system costs less for 30 days than the initial hospital stay (2-4 days @ approx $12,000.00) following a Type 1 diagnosis - when they educate the patient and families concerning the allopathic requirements for diet, glucose and ketone testing, and insulin injections.

    Why is this? …the capitalized mainstream medical/pharmaceutical/insurance system that most rely on. It is not a conspiracy theory… it is a fact that this system has most folks by the cajones and they are economically helpless to change it… so they repeat the same info they've been fed by this monstrous and inhumane system.

  17. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – really? when will your passive-aggressive tirades end? my heart goes out to anyone who has EVER crossed your path in your lifetime. how unfortunate for them. do you do your best to make everyone feel as though they are idiots? exasperated… that is because we are trying to explain the truth to someone incapable of understanding any other opinions than those that you spew. angry… that is because you are criticizing us, in essence saying that we are horrible people and we are killing our children. as i said before, you write in such a sarcastic, bitter tone, but try to sugar-coat it. it's not working. you may feel that you are capable of fixing anything, as you are far superior to the rest of us are idiots, but i'm not buying it. this is my professional diagnosis: you're icky.

  18. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: 30daysystem is bullshit – well, bullshit is all natural. right? lol.

  19. blah says – reply to this


    Re: mega – Besides Sergei, who is really type 2, show me one person who has been cured of type 1 diabetes. And not the guys in the raw movie since they speak of eating mcdonalds contributing to type 1 diabetes. ONCE AGAIN DIET HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES. Do you not think parents of children with type 1 diabetes not research? Shit as a parent, I research baby carriers, vaccinations, breastfeeding, but I wouldn't research my own childs diagnosis? Give me a break! We do use herbs and homeopathy in this home, so I do believe in some cases it works for some things, but not diabetes.
    Once again, a raw diet still has carbs. Carbs will make blood sugars rise without insulin (I know this firsthand), untreated high blood sugars will lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. DKA leads to death without insulin. I will not put my sons life into the hands of some whackjob on the internet who thinks they know better. I've already lost my aunt to type 1 diabetes, I will not lose my child. Now I hope when I hit submit it'll go through this time lol.

  20. blah says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom – well bullshit is raw, at least my dog thinks so, therefore it must be a cure-wait I'm onto something here…….my dog doesn't have diabetes!

  21. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – we do happen to have the resources available for something like this. we also, however, have brains, and we would not not throw our money away on something so utterly ridiculous. oh and again, you're icky. see, i may be a horrible person who is apparently killing my child with all that toxic insulin, but i'm honest.

  22. Mia says – reply to this


    So she's just as confused as everyone else about diabetes. Guess her doctor didn't explain it very well to her. That's normal, not "mind losing".
    Leave Halle alone!!

  23. Alanna says – reply to this


    I am astonished some people are saying this is ok.

    If you have lived with the disease you would understand how disgusting this is. It is making it seem like you are a worse person, lazy person, fat etc. if you have type one, when really it is a completely different disease which has the same effects on your body as type II.

    She is spewing bullshit to make herself look better. Stop backing her up.

  24. irritated says – reply to this


    it's unfortunate that Halle is so uneducated about her own disease. I've been a T1 diabetic for more years than i care to count. one part of being diabetic seems to be educating others on the differences between the many forms this disease takes (yes, theres more than T1 and T2). Clearly, no one took the time to educate Halle. so you're right, we shouldnt crucify her, but we should take this oppertunity to PROPERLY EDUCATE people about diabetes. Fittingly this is DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH.

    Its not uncommon for adults to be misdiagnosed (although more frequently adults are misdiagnosed as T2 when they are really T1.).

    Many of you are misinformed about this disease as well. You CAN NOT CONTROL T1 DIABETES WITHOUT INSULIN INJECTIONS. T1 means that your body is not producing insulin. without insulin you die. end of story. I dont care if your grandma, mother, aunt, cousin, mailman, or favorite porn star is controlling their diabetes with diet and exercise. If they are not taking shots than they ARE NOT T1.

    T2 is very different. it CAN be controlled with pills, diet, exercise. it can pretty much disapear with proper weight loss. Its true that SOME T2 diabetics need to take insulin shots. Its also true that a T2 could eventually get themselves off insulin shots. THIS IS NOT TRUE FOR A T1.

    Thank you perez, for bringing attention to this disease and getting your facts kind of right (but, my pancreas is not dead).

  25. memory_grrl says – reply to this


    Re: tg
    Wow, Tg, you really are a fucking idiot. Diabetes is not curable. Type 1 diabetes requires insulin for the rest of your life. Go shove a healing crystal up your ass, and see'f you can cure yourself of bullshit.

  26. memory_grrl says – reply to this


    Re: Julie
    No, dude. Just no.
    Type 1, your pancreas produces NO insulin. It doesnt matter how little carbohydrate you eat; if you're type 1 diabetic. you will die a horrible death without insulin. Type 2 is where your pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin. They are entirely different conditions.

  27. none-ya says – reply to this


    Um. Money does not equal intelligence. What do you want her to do, go to Diabetes Discrimination Rehab? Get over it. Just another dumb ass in Hollywood.

  28. mega says – reply to this


    Re: science of raw food
    "…see it’s another fad, wonder what the next fad will be? Burnt food diet?"

    If it's a fad, it is an enduring one. A well known anthology of books known as the Bible contains the book of Genesis, wherein chapter 1, verse 29 says: "…behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

    Ellen G. White wrote much in the 1800's about eating low on the food chain…

    Jethro Kloss's "Back to Eden", 1939, speaks of the benefits of uncooked food…

    When is eating raw food no longer a fad?

  29. hollee says – reply to this


    I am a type 1 diabetic and her statement is ridiculous. I do not know what she is trying to prove by making these claims, but she is confusing everyone about the true nature of the disease!

  30. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: none-ya – seriously… discrimination? um. no. it's about public misinformation and halle (allegedly) taking it to a whole new level of ridiculousness.

  31. blah says – reply to this


    Re: mega – obviously you didn't read the website. " Furthermore, the researchers themselves remarked on the small sample size of subjects who were recruited primarily through advertising, adding that all of the raw food subjects were already convinced of its beneficial effects."
    Also look into evolution, we have been eating cooked food for a long time now, we adapt. Also diabetes was around when we were eating raw food, it's been around since biblical times. It was noted that people urinated a lot, lost weight, smelled fruity, and died-that's classic type 1 diabetes. People have been twisting the words of the bible to suit their beliefs forever, just like you just did.
    For me, keeping my child alive is not a fad so I will once again state I will never put his health into a whackjob from the internet. He is alive, he just so happens to take insulin from a vial, instead of being produced by his body. Insulin is natural, we all make it.
    On a side note, my great grandfather had diabetes and he ate about all of his food from his garden. There ya go, food can't cure you!

  32. mega says – reply to this


    Re: Alanna
    "It is making it seem like you are a worse person, lazy person, fat etc. if you have type one,"

    I don't think Halle's intention when sharing her good news about being relieved of daily insulin injections was to make anyone feel "like you are a worse person."

    Can't we just be happy for her - regardless if the reasons were an initial misdiagnosis, spontaneous remission or pregnancy related?

    If someone else's gain feels like your loss… you might want to look within to understand why that is. I'm not suggesting that you are in any way a bad person, just that we all come into this life with challenges that are in some mysterious way an opportunity for growth.

    When I first contacted the Optimum Health Institute about my loved one's T1 diabetes, I was taken aback when asked what his opportunity was. They then explained that they don't use negative words - like dis-ease; they establish a positive environment for the clients, beginning with the way we use language and how that effects our mindset. I am not saying it is easy to change the way we think about things… but thought I would share a little of what has been shared with me.

  33. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – so in their non-use of negative words, do they sugar-coat meanness passive-aggressively just like you? did you learn that from them? probably not, they wanted your money. you probably cannot resist the meanness because that's the toxicity you choose.

  34. Bushwick Diva says – reply to this


    to all those who don't know, you can have type 1 diabetes take insulin and then don't have to anymore. I watched my grandmother take insulin since I was 9yrs old and when I was 15 her DR told her she didn't have to take insulin anymore as long as she kept are dieting and exercise regimen up. So I believe Halle… You go girl!!!

  35. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: Bushwick Diva – has your grandmother been published in a medical journal? No-because she had type 2 diabetes and no longer needed insulin. Diet and exercise have nothing to do with type 1 diabetes, LET ME SAY IT AGAIN IT'S AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

  36. KD says – reply to this


    Re: johnnyboy – It is not a mental disease. My best friend died of kidney failure becaue of it and I have it as well. Want to tell all the diabetics that have suffered anddied because of this disease that it was all in their heads?

  37. mega says – reply to this


    Re: blah – mega – I did read the website and chose not to address what I, a researcher, deemed to be a weak research analysis. There are many ways that researchers can manipulate studies… I prefer to be selective when responding on these forums. I don't pick apart mispellings, weak research or emotional laden rants… They are what they are.

    The discussion was raw food as a fad… my point was the erroneousness of that statement.

    People have been eating cooked food, fermented food and putrified food as well as raw throughout history.

    Please share with me the way in which I "twisted the words of the Bible."

    Dr. Gabriel Cousens is not a "whackjob from the internet." Yes… he has a website. His organization is not a 501(c)3 that accepts government grants or charitable funds, (like ADA or JDRF), that could then dictate limits and strategies on his programs. His organization is as transparent and accountable as any I have seen. He is not only an intellectual man of science, but a man possessing a compassionate humanity.

    Was your grandfather ever in a war? Did he work with/around chemicals? Was he breast fed? Was he lactose intolerant? Was he sick alot as a child? Was he abused? …a few of the possibilities that could have impacted your grandfather's health.

    True, food is not the only equation in dis-ease, though it is significant.

  38. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – there you go again. jab jab jab. sheesh. but you're right, you're still FAR better than the rest of us in spite of that. see i can do that sarcasm thing too. and i am also certain that you, a researcher, will selectively avoid responding to me. most of all, you will undoubtedly be the first to eagerly board that mother ship.

  39. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – blah, my grandfather was breastfed, born into a loving home, he wasn't in a war and didn't work around chemicals. It's in our genetics. My son was breastfed and born into a loving home too and got this disease.
    How about this-why don't you give birth to a child, have that child develop type 1 diabetes, then come here and tell me what you do.
    words twisted-God was saying here's some food-eat it. Not "you eat raw fruit only".
    We do live in a natural lifestyle and our lives were turned upside down by this diagnosis. I am keeping my son alive and doing the best I can. He eats no processed foods, no junk food. The only dye he gets is from glucose gel when he's low. this is an autoimmune disease that is genetic in our family and no diet will cure it. period.

  40. Kathleen RN says – reply to this


    Re: L
    That is not completely true. The glucose from the mother crosses the placenta to the baby and the baby's pancreas produces insulin which can cross back to the mother. This will decrease Hale's blood sugars possibly giving her the illusion that she is controlling her diabetes. When the baby is born it will continue to produce higher levels of insulin and may require some sugar water until it can re-adapt to it's own levels. After the birth, Hale's blood sugars will more than likely return to the levels at her pre-pregnancy state. I think everyone should just leave her alone because people make mistakes when the are not properly informed.

  41. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: Kathleen RN – yes, what she said is a mistake. However, which is also obvious from statements here is that there are a lot of misconceptions about type 1 diabetes and this just makes it worse. As a mother of a child with type 1 diabetes, I am asked things like "well can't you just control it with diet and exercise", "do you really have to give him insulin?" and even worse-taunting from parents and children "haha you ate too much sugar"! It would be nice if she would state the truth, or correct her statement because sadly in this day and age, Americans worship celebrities and think everything they say is real.

  42. mega says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom
    "you’re still FAR better than the rest of us"
    So you are now the spokesperson for the world wide web? Is that an elected position or a self appointed fantasy?

    "i can do that sarcasm thing too."
    As can I, though don't consider it something to be proud of. You apparently never let the facts interfere with your opinion. Huh?

    "…will selectively avoid responding to me."
    OK… you've been whimpering for my attention long enough. I hereby acknowledge you and your simpering sarcastic self pity. Poor you has a sick child… po po thang; surely no one has ever known the trouble you know. Only you have the market on pain and sorrow. Does that make lil boo boo feel all better now?

    "board that mother ship."
    I presume you are intending to insult Scientologists, which I am not and have no interest in, as I have no interest in Baptists, Catholics, Hindus and Hare Krishnas. Though I don't feel compelled to insult their beliefs.

  43. mega says – reply to this


    Re: Kathleen RN
    Do we in fact, know that her ‘upgrade/downgrade’ took place after pregnancy?

  44. k2 says – reply to this


    YOU WANT TO TALK BIBLICAL - OK: Diabetes - type 1 has been around since biblical times. The true medical Term is "Diabetes Mellitus" and derives from the Greek Term "diabainein," or the more recognizable term - syphon "meaning to "pass through" and the Latin word "mellitus meaning "sweetened with honey."
    Put the two words together & the literal meaning is"2 pass through sweetened with honey." In the 1800's Diabetes was called the "sweet water disease."WHY - because the urine "actually tasted sweet, and yeah old time docs since biblical times did a taste test for the diagnoses - all foods/carbs - even veggies turn into glucose which insulin breaks down. - When your a type 1 u make no insulin IDIOT, that part of the pancreas ( Islet of langerhans)
    is destroyed. Eventually, usually within two years of the initial diagnoses, the person would die. Thank God two Canadian Dr's discovered the whole insulin connection in 1921 - and even though at the time diabetics had to inject cow/pork insulin , they could live a long life. Or to quote Dr Spock (whose own mother ship was so much more informed than yours,) "Live long and prosper."
    Even if Type 1's munched on celery sticks; carrots, squash , and okra- we still would have to take insulin,maybe not as much if we added potatoes and bread, but WE WOULD STILL HAVE TO INJECT INSULIN, OR WE WOULD DIE.

  45. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – thanks mega. you have moved on to more than jabs, haven't you? just as i suspected. look, in your hateful tirade *ta-da* you ended up doing all of the work for me, you now have shown your true colors. i called you on it, it was bothering you, and you wanted to be above it, but you aren't, and so you couldn't resist. and btw, everything you have written shows that it is very apparent that pride in sarcasm is a very dominant personality trait of yours. and no, i was not meaning to insult any religion. just the crazy people. you know the type… the ones just like you. i made my comments because i feel i have a cause to fight for. what exactly is yours?

  46. sdmom says – reply to this


    and please let me clarify, i have neither asked for nor do i want anyone's pity. i think what we (as in the people who are going through what i am, thank you very much) are all looking for a better understanding.

  47. JudyBat says – reply to this


    blah says:
    On a side note, my great grandfather had diabetes and he ate about all of his food from his garden. There ya go, food can’t cure you! — ME TOO!!

    Blah–I've been a vegan for 26+years and my daughter has been vegan since birth. She's had T1 for four years now. Over the years, I have emailed several of the "magical, mystery cure raw food/vegan websites" about my situation. I receive NO response. You think they would be excited to study my family. NOPE!! Why?! They can't admit that there are vegans out there with T1. It would debunk their LIES. It does wonders for T2 though. Why can't they just concentrate on T2 instead of acting like miracle workers?!

  48. Judybat says – reply to this


    And another thing…
    For the umpteenth time, T1 is not caused by dietary or lifetstyle choices. If that were the case, my daughter would not have T1. Just please own up to the fact that there are raw food and vegan T1 folks out there. The diet will not CURE everything under the sun. Raw foodies get cancer, T1, high cholesterol, kidney stones, sniffles, etc., etc., etc., Hell, my dear friend has Stage 3 breast cancer. She's been vegan her whole life. Riddle me that one?!

    The snobbishness even among raw food/vegans/vegetarians is enough to drive me crazy and I'm VEGAN. I don't judge other folks for what they eat. If meat floats your boat, FINE. If processed sugar rocks your world, FINE. All the processed sugar in the world, will not give you T1. Keep believing that raw food is the magic bullet. Believe what you will.

    We will never be able to educate some people. In the meantime, my daughter will keep taking her 7+ insulin injections per day. You T1 moms, keep doing what you are doing. You are doing the best you can with the crappy disease that's been thrown at you. Instead of debating the uneducated, let's spend our time doing positive things for our T1 kids instead.

  49. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – You want to play the sarcasm game and say shitty things to parents who do nothing but care, educate, and instill a strong sense of self in their child with a chronic illness - I guess that's what happens when uneducated pinheads like yourself are beaten with the truth, as in facts, as opposed to your psycho (and by that I mean crazy) talk.
    I actually think u enjoy the shock value of your stupid statements. Maybe daddy and mommy didn't pay any attention to you, or you never felt quite smart enough to fit in. Maybe u just sniffed one to many cans of spray paint. I don't know and I don't care.
    Picking on a parent of a kid with a chronic disease & picking on that child - your playing with fire. Karma is a bitch - and the universe has away of catching up with you.
    Munch on all the raw foods u want kiddo, because no matter what you do, your health is a fragile thing. I hope you have health insurance and I hope it covers mental health - BECAUSE U ARE FUCKING NUTS.

  50. blah says – reply to this


    Re: Judybat – amen! I've met (in real life and online) other moms of type 1's-some of us breastfed, some used formula, some were extended nursers, some vaccinated, some didn't vax, some ate organic/vegan, some know the carb counts to all fast food joints, some had gestational diabetes and some didn't, we use different discipline techniques, were different races, mixed races, different socioeconomic backgrounds-you name it we're all different. That bunks all of those theories that are out there! But we all sure as hell have to educate the general public about the "not your grandma's" diabetes ;)

  51. Neener says – reply to this


    type 1 is when you get it when you're a juvenile, type 2 is when you get it when you're an adult!

  52. blah says – reply to this


    Re: Neener – actually adults can be diagnosed with type 1, and now in days children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
    Here it is in simple terms: type 1-autoimmune disease, body attacks the pancreas and it no longer makes insulin type 2-either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin

  53. mega says – reply to this


    Re: k2 – I was merely responding to sdmom's taunts and name calling…

    So I guess you personally know sdmom… you said "parents who do nothing but care, educate, and instill a strong sense of self in their child with a chronic illness"
    You know what kind of person sdmom is and you know what she does all day other than call people names online. She obviously was not too involved with her child today… on a sunday… at the beach, park, church or something that didn't involve anger and resentment at people who have opinions different than hers.

    and… thank you for the #555 rant. What site did you cut and paste that elementary diabetes information from?

  54. Kim says – reply to this


    She is stupid I wish type1 diabetes was that easy tocontrol because then maybe I would not have had to inject insulin into my body for the past 25 years!!!!! She needs to learn about what she has TYPE 2 Diabetes and get it straight because she is a flake and should not open her mouth if she does not know the crap that is coming out of it!!! She has been saying this for years and I as a type1 diabetic know there is not a cure for it no matter how much money you have! She should just shut her stupid trap!

  55. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – thanks for being so on top of the daily happenings and charting my life schedule. i'm actually working. due to the fact that i have had to rearrange my life around my daughter's DISEASE (please note the absence of hypehn because it realllllllllly does not belong there), i work from home. i am very fortunate to be able to do so. i get to set my own hours, as i have a production-based job. this frees me up to do whatever i would like whenever i would like, as long as i meet my daily deadline. obviously it is an ideal situation for the mother of any diabetic, and i appreciate your insight for pointing it out. also insightful is your pointing out others being angry and resentful. because you seem so calm, cool and collected. very together indeed. oops… not getting paid for typing this… back to work!

  56. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom – and oops, sorry for the "hyphen" error.

  57. type1adult says – reply to this


    People, please do your research before making comments to articles like this! To all you people saying that type 1 diabetes is curable through natural medicine or the power of the mind, and especially those of you claiming to actually know someone who was "cured," understand that INSULIN DOES NOT EQUAL TYPE 1. There are in fact more people out there with type 2 who take insulin than there are type 1 put together, simply because the overwhelming majority of diabetics are type 2. A type 2 diabetic who has been taking insulin for years and years CAN and DO stop taking it if they make appropriate lifestyle changes. A type 1 diabetic can NEVER stop taking insulin without death being the result. Period. Everyone needs insulin, whether you produce it in your pancreas or inject it. So just because someone takes insulin DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE TYPE 1 DIABETES.

  58. Sarah says – reply to this


    This makes me extremely ANGRY.

    I AM A TYPE 1 Diabetic…and I was diagnosed when I was ten years old… If all Type 1 Diabetics could make it go away with "Healthy Diet and Good Living" wouldn't we have done this already…

    No matter how good my diet or excersising is, it's not just going to disappear.

    All I have to say is that she is an Ignorant Bitch.

    This isn't fucking possible.

  59. Halle Sucks says – reply to this


    I am a type 1 diabetic and have never liked Halle Berry since her diagnosis. She's a celebrity and should know that she should at least keep her fucking mouth shut if she refuses to learn about her disease. For those who think there is a cure on the way, the islet cell transfer and even a pancreas transplant won't work for every type 1 because personally I still have the antibodies that attacked my pancreas in my system, therefore any help I would get from those two methods would be short lived, the cells would eventually be attacked and killed again. I wish she would step up and say I'm a Type ____ diabetic.

  60. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – As far as the name calling ASSHOLE - u brought that on yourself.
    HOW: By offending thousands of Type 1's and their families who do nothing but educate themselves on the disease, treat it responsibly and live fabulous, productive lives.
    Do I know Sdmom - or any other of the fabulous parents of both type 1 and type 2's who have responded to your idiotic rants and others like you who are so pig headed, that they spread false hope & miss education to make themselves feel a bit smarter.
    These parents do everything in their power to protect their children from assholes like you .No I don't know her. BUT, I do know my mother, and hundreds of mothers and fathers of type 1's. And they all have TWO traits in common - THY ARE ALL FABULOUS, CARING PARENTS.
    Why is sdmom spending her Sunday defending her child and thousands of others who read your toxic words instead of going to the beach and catching some rays? BECAUSE DIABETIC PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND THOSE WHO KNOW WHAT THE DISEASE REALLY IS, ALWAYS TRY TO EDUCATE THE WORLD FROM TOXIC, UNEDUCATED PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF.
    They say more prayers for their children then u can fathom.

  61. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: k2 – wow, you rock! thanks for the support… you have mine as well. best wishes to you and yours.

  62. Jen says – reply to this


    I seriously can't believe some of the stuff I'm reading here.

    People, if type 1 could be cured by DIET then why the hell did it have a 100% death rate before the discovery of insulin? Go read some history. Diets were TRIED. Low carb, no carb, oats, potatoes, EVERYTHING. Type 1 diabetics ALL DIED until insulin was discovered in the 1920s. WHY IS THAT IF DIET WILL CURE TYPE 1 DIABETES?!?

    Go read up on diabetes before posting this crap. People like you are the reason type 1 diabetics are upset by Halle's comment.

  63. Mary says – reply to this


    Well now that there's a baby in the oven maybe it has turned into gestational diabetes!!

  64. more... says – reply to this


    some of the comments are total fluff…but do agree she should be more knowledgeable and more articulate on the subject instead of a flaky airhead.

  65. Sarah says – reply to this


    To all of the uneducated fools on this board:

    Just because your fat mom/grandma was able to lose weight and go off of insulin, that DOES NOT mean they were a Type 1 diabetic in the first place. Type 1 diabetic DOES NOT mean that someone takes insulin. It means that their immune system has destroyed their pancreas, and they must take insulin for life until a cure is found. Or they will go into a coma in hours to days and their heart will stop beating. Period. It's a bad way to go. Before insulin was discovered, everything in the book was tried. Every single Type 1 diabetic died.

    If someone took insulin but was able to stop, it means they had TYPE 2 diabetes, which is insulin resistance, NOT insulin deficiency. Most people with Type 2 can avoid or discontinue insulin if they get their butt in gear and make changes to their diet and exercise plan. Halle is either Type 2 or has a rare form of diabetes in blacks that used to be called "Type 1B" or Idiopathic Diabetes. The need for insulin comes and goes. This is not autoimmune Type 1 diabetes, the kind that 99% of people with Type 1 have.

    You cannot go from Type 1 to Type 2 or vice versa. Stop getting the treatments mixed up with the disease.They are totally different. I can't believe that some of the "nurses" on the board are that clueless! Did you graduate nursing school in the '60's by changing a bedpan as your exam?!

  66. Sarah says – reply to this


    Actually, MODY does exist. It is a very rare form of mongenetic diabetes that is being studied at Joslin. There is more than 2 types of diabetes, people.

    P.S. All of these "nurses" on the board sound either dumb, or they should have retired back in the '70's when we knew nothing about diabetes. They clearly STILL don't. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have different genetics and different pathology. They cannot "turn into" each other. Just because the treatment changes for some Type 2 diabetics, the disease does not. Insulin or not, they are still a Type 2 diabetic. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in a US hospital if all nurses are this dumb about a well studied disease….

  67. Sarah says – reply to this


    Re: =^..^=

    Hey Genius….the kid's heart will stop if you take him off insulin for a day or two. You plan to wave a magic wand over him to cure him instantly?

    His blood will turn acidic within hours and his death will be agonnizing. His brain may swell as well.

    Are you forgetting that the US is the only place with healthcare is a business? Guess what? Countries with national healthcare have Type 1 diabetics too.

    You show me ONE case of a true autoimmune Type 1 diabetic having their immune system rebooted and new beta cells regenerated by alternative medicine, and I will personally give you 1 million dollars. It's never happened, but plenty of kids have died from believing idiots promising just that. Many have been taken to court.

    Natural medicine is great for colds. You can't use it for heart attacks, tumors, or Type 1 diabetes.

  68. Sarah says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom

    Wha? "Toxic Insulin"? LOL! Did you know that EVERYONE needs insulin to live? The only difference is that Type 1 diabetics must inject theirs because their own pancreas cannot produce it. If insulin is so "toxic" I suggest you have your pancreas removed first thing in the morning.

    P.S. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis. Yep, I bet you think that's caused by McD's too…sigh. It would be much healthier to let your child die than inject them with life-saving…I mean toxic, insulin, right?

    Just so you know, many infants develop Type 1 diabetes…are you going to blame breastmilk?

    I'm all for natual medicine, but know your limits dude. You are out of your league.

  69. leila says – reply to this


    I'm a nurse and Type 1 Diabetes can be corrected with proper diet and exercise, but you have to stick to it and it has to be a very strict regimen. The only time Type 1 diabetes cannot be corrected is when the a certain cell in the pancreas is damaged or nolonger working. Type 1 diabetes does not always mean there is no hope for a cure.

  70. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: leila – I pray that my son will never be under you care. What are you a nurse at? An endicrinology clinic? Or a pediatrician-because a pediatrician nearly killed my son when he was undiagnosed in diabetic ketoacidosis-he said it was the flu. Thankfully I got a second opinion. He was near death. So seriously go back to school and shut your trap.
    Just the other day my son went in for a check up. He's two. The nurse saw him and exclaimed "oops I have the wrong file, this one says he's diabetic-that's not possible at his age"-dumbass!

  71. Nix says – reply to this


    Its possible that she is boarder line 1 and 2 as my boyfriend is diabetic

  72. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: leila – Hmmmmm gee, a certain area of cells damaged in the pancreas - could that be the island of langerhans - could u be talking about th Islet of Langerhans? - THE AREA THAT MAKES INSULIN?? Hmmm - sounds like the description of OF TYPE ONE.
    YOUR A MORON. I'd love your real name and the name of the Dr. u work for - I'm sure he or she would love to know what a FUCKING IDIOT he or she has working for them. I'm surprised your not in prison - the info that you are spreading could seriously kill people.
    There's no why your a nurse. GO A HEAD - PROVE IT TO US. Give us your real name and the name, city and state of the Doc u work for. I'm certain that the medical board in your state/county would love to hear about your idiotic views. They would can your ass in a heart beat.

  73. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: Nix – you can't be borderline type 1, that's just not possible. You could be prediabetic-and that deals with type 2. Halle has had diabetes for a long time.

  74. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: Sarah – ummm… please read this in its entirety… that was absolute sarcasm to others with all of these "alternative methods" who were saying that insulin was just the western medicine approach and i didn't need to pump my type 1 daughter full of medicine. i was pointing out that insulin is obviously not toxic since it is supposed to be naturally produced in our bodies. please people, you have to be careful when you're reading all of this stuff… don't attack me, we're on the same page.

  75. kc says – reply to this


    Re: Mary – type 1 diabetes will NOT turn into gestational diabetes.. that is not the way it works.. apparently there are some really dense people around here.. Type 1 is type 1 is type 1.. IT CAN NOT BE CHANGED.. IT'S NOT A CAMELION AND CHANGE INTO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DISEASE. CAN AIDS BE CURED WITH DIET, CAN CANCER BE CURED WITH DIET, IS STUPIDITY CURED WITH DIET, HOW ABOUT ASTHMA? MS, CP, LEUKEMIA?

    The point is that Halle is totally confused and doesn't know what the heck she has. I hope to god her dr's and nurses are a little smarter than the ones around here. I hope she just doesn't know what she's talking about and that the nurses that take care of her really aren't that stupid..

    I've noticed the morons with the RAW diet crap have disappeared, they must have figured out that they really didn't know what the hell they were talking about. I would hope for Halle's career she would make a statement that she mis spoke and clearify what she ment..

  76. Ana says – reply to this


    -The actress has been quoted saying that she was a Type 1 diabetic but now she has been able to ween herself off insulin to be a Type 2. SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.- My Mother was Type 1 diabetic and is now Type 2 so it can happen IT so POSSIBLE………..

  77. Ana says – reply to this


    The actress has been quoted saying that she was a Type 1 diabetic but now she has been able to ween herself off insulin to be a Type 2. SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.- My Mother was Type 1 diabetic and is now Type 2 so it can happen IT so POSSIBLE………..

  78. Ana says – reply to this


    Type 1 Diabetes -immune system to attack pathogens (germs) and destroy them. When the body has developed diabetes melitus (which means "excessive sweet urine", it simply means their body either:
    1. Does not make ENOUGH insulin for the blood cells, or:
    2. The body is unable to properly use the insulin it does make. * Type 2 Diabetes-If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you have the most common form. Either your body does not produce enough insulin in your pancreas, OR your blood cells ignore the insulin present in or near them. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age.*Gestational Diabetes -This condition usually appears in the later stages of pregnancy, when hormones may not regulate insulin production or absorption correctly. There are usually no symptoms, however, some women complain of excessive thirst and hunger. Prolonged fatigue may also be present. Many times, Gestational Diabetes will disappear after the baby is born.

  79. kc says – reply to this


    Re: Ana – huh, you are contradicting yourself.. " SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.- My Mother was Type 1 diabetic and is now Type 2 so it can happen IT so POSSIBLE……….. " I'm a little confused by your statement..

  80. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: sdmom – Right back at you sister!!! Stay positive a let your daughter know that life is beautiful!

  81. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: Ana – Ana stop writing - your obviously confusing yourself the more your try to prove how knowledgeable u think u are. SHUT UP, get a clue.
    Here's a thought - go to amazon . com look & up children's books on diabetes, and order yourself a few.
    Amazon's selection is quite good and the books have simple sentence structures and pretty pictures to explain to you the real deal on type 1 and type 2 diabetes. So simple a five year old can understand, or a miss informed, uneducated idiot like yourself. While your at it, buy a few copies for HB.

  82. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: Mary – Mary - your an idiot

  83. mega says – reply to this


    Re: k2
    I gather from your reference to your mother, that you are not a parent. You are young and immature and have much to learn. I assure you that your anger is toxic to you and those around you. Please consider reading “Nonviolent Communication” and/or taking some conflict resolution classes.

    I’m glad to hear that all the parents in your world are all “FABULOUS, CARING PARENTS.” You might consider looking beyond your rosy worldview and volunteer your plentiful energies (anger is energy that wants to change something) to assist children in foster homes, institutions or wherever the overly burdened social system can find a place for them. Many are diabetics who do not have “FABULOUS, CARING PARENTS.”

  84. puh -lease says – reply to this


    as someone that has diabetes, diet and exercise can change your dependence on insulin. some doctors and pharmacutical companies would prefer people to believe that if you have diabetes you must pump yourself with insulin in order to live. i disagree.

    and what halle berry said, in some respects, is true. but i guess you would have to have the disease and search for alternate options in order to understand.

  85. mega says – reply to this


    False hope isn't hope at all… in fact the term "false hope" is an oxymoron. Hope is a spiritual quality based in faith. Faith being a quality that believes that that which is not yet, can be.

    That said… only one thing in life is sure - change.

  86. mega says – reply to this


    Re: k2

    "Ana stop writing"

    k2, you are not only angry… but a control freak… what arrogance to tell someone else to stop expressing themself.

  87. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – No - I'm not a parent, but I have been a type 1 diabetic since the the age of 8. I just turned 38, so I do have 30 years of experience with the disease.
    I watched my sister die at the age of 34 due to type 1 complications -and it broke not only my heart, (I assisted my parents in her round the clock care,) but it shattered my fathers heart, and put my mother in the hospital due to heart complications. Instead of attending her daughters funeral - she was having heart surgery for a pacemaker.
    BUT THANKS SO MUCH to REFERRING TO ME AS YOUNG. As far as my "toxic"response to your idiotic rantings - your right -kinda. I do sound angry… but factual in my info, and the anger comes from hearing an idiot like yourself spreading falsehoods;lies, and miss information.

  88. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – Response part 2:
    As far as volunteering, Honey - I do. I work with diabetic kids and adults, teaching them that knowledge is power and to own their disease - work with it, become it's partner. Because the minute they stop hating diabetes and begin to work with it. THEY HAVE ALL THE POWER TO CONTROL IT, AS OPPOSED TO DIABETES CONTROLLING THEM. They fucking own it! You know - "keep your friends close & your enemies close."
    Sorry if the system did you wrong in your up bringing and u feel the need to spread the lies in order to make yourself feel good. You blame the patient - and in type 1 diabetes, as with most diseases - THAT'S THE WRONG THING TO DO.
    I LOVE MY ROSE COLORED GLASSES, because they help me to see through the idiotic ramblings of an asshole like you. Obviously - they are in top-notch working order.

  89. kc says – reply to this


    Re: puh -lease – boy, there certainly are some fucking stupid people around here.. yes, there is no doubt that diet and exercise can help TYPE 2 Diabetes.. and while a good diet and lots of excerise is good for anyone, including with diabetes, IT WILL NOT CURE TYPE 1 DIABETES.. how many times do people have to say that.. good fucking god!
    "as someone that has diabetes, diet and exercise can change your dependence on insulin." You have type 2.. before you open your mouth, educate yourself. if you believe you have type 1, ask your dr. for antibody testing.. if you are managing your diabetes with diet and exercise, you can NOT have type 1 diabetes.. you need insulin INJECTED into your body because your body no longer produces it..

  90. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: mega – you keep criticizing everyone else, telling us how angry and awful we are, but all one needs to do is read your comments from the beginning and see that YOU are bringing a great big boatload of anger and hatred. at least everyone else is being pretty honest and upfront. you keep pretending to be nice, but you're behaving like a sadistic bully, which is likely the real you shining through.

  91. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – Well - thanks for calling me young - I got Type 1 when I was 8, and just turned 38 so I've only had about 30 years of education on the subject.
    No - I'm not a parent - but I did help care for my parents care for my sister who died from type 1 at the age of 34. It broke my heart, shattered my fathers, and put my mother in the hospital. While her daughter was being buried -she was having heart surgery.
    Am I toxic? Noooo,, but I am angry at the ramblings of an uneducated idiot like yourself who blames the patient instead of the disease and is spreading some serious miss information in the process.

  92. kc says – reply to this


    Re: mega – you are a mega asshole..I'm sure you are sitting there giggling in your chair because people are getting all worked up about the shit you spew.. you don't matter.. not one bit.. I could give a crap about what your opinion is. I know there is no cure for diabetes, I know the Raw diet isn't going to do shit to cure my child.. you twist peoples words, you spout off like you are god.. you know nothing.. do you have diabetes, no..then shut up and quit spewing your garbage.. when you get good hard facts and research stating that this disease would work for a TYPE 1 INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETIC WHOS PANCREAS NO LONGER PRODUCES INSULIN BECAUSE OF AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE I'd be interested in looking at it. There is so much scientiific evidence that Type 1 is an auto-immune disease and you can't even own up to that.. you can't even acknowledge that you are wrong, mega wrong. any crap and garbage you spew its total bullshit.. every link to every raw and homopathic site is geered towards type 2.. again THEY ARE TO TOTALLY COMPETELY DIFFERENT DISEASE.. open your eyes and your mind, and quit spewing mindless builshit.

  93. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: k2 – i am so sorry for your loss and the pain that diabetes has brought, uninvited, into your life. keep those rose-colored glasses on… they look great on you!! :o )

  94. k2 says – reply to this


    Re: mega – Thanks - I am a control freak when it comes to 2 things.
    1. My Diabetes
    2. Stopping people like you from spreading miss information about Type 1 that COULD KILL SOMEONE.

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  96. scientist says – reply to this


    Working as a clinical researcher in a morbid obesity and diabetes, I have seen patients overcome insulin dependency following gastric bypass surgeries. I am not so sure that she is lying about no longer needing insulin. However, I have also seen women develop gestational diabetes, which (put very simply) is diabetes that lasts during the duration of the pregnancy. All I am saying is that from a medical perspective, there are several explanations that could account for her telling the truth.

    Keep on rocking Perez.

  97. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: kc – don't you find it so amusing how "it" keeps talking about how anger is so toxic and yet it is sooooooooo filled with rage, says terribly mean things, and then it's like that doesn't count? like it's a wash because they believe in natural healing. wtf? it's so funny. i so enjoy watching people bury themselves like that.

  98. momofatype1 says – reply to this


    Re: scientist – morbid obesity has nothing to do with type 1 diabetes. My son lost 1/3 of his body weight at diagnosis! Hell I have a hard time finding fat to inject insulin into most of the time! Thankfully he's got a little on his butt and the back of his arms. So once again, let's all chant DIET AND EXERCISE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES, IT'S AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. That'd be like someone saying "I used to have AIDS, but now it's been downgraded to Chlamydia".

  99. mega says – reply to this


    Re: k2
    "I am angry at the ramblings of an uneducated idiot…"
    As flattered as I am that I could inspire such emotion, I am inclined to think that the roots of your anger preceded these blog posting.

    As usual you chose to not address the point of my previous response regarding all parents of diabetics as not being fabulous caring people. Many are seriously ill schizophrenics, alcoholics, drug addicts, etc., who are not able to be fabulous caring parents. Those rose colored glasses apparently help you to ignore/deny those who are in greatest need - those without fabulous caring parents.

  100. sdmom says – reply to this


    Re: scientist – that is totally true about gastric bypass patients WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES ONLY. same for blood pressure meds, when the weight comes off, their bp drops as well. i think there is a host of other weight-related/diet-related medical issues that it solves. very interesting indeed… i think that is wonderful, it must seem like the most amazing thing for them.

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