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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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655 comments to “Halle Berry Upsets Diabetics”

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  1. kc says – reply to this


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    Re: scientist
    part 1
    yes, you are correct, in a sense.. no one is objecting to the fact that type 2 diabetes can't be controlled and managed better with weight loss, a good diet plan and exercise.. like you have just stated.. there is no objection to that fact.. again, gestational diabetes is just that.. when a woman is pg.. it often dissapears quickly after the baby is born.. but they are also finding out that is my be a hint to type 2 down the road. no one is stating these facts.. and Halle, I'm sure, in some odd way is stating the truth.. that she has weaned herself off of insulin.. that isn't the issue.. the issue is that she claims to have 'downgraded' (there is no such thing in diabetes) from type 1 (which is an auto-immune disease) to type 2.. where people CAN be on insulin, most often its control with good eating habits and exercise, some times meds like metformin/glucophauge.

  2. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: scientist – ONCE AGAIN - YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TYPE 2'S OVERCOMING INSULIN DEPENDENCY. Type 1's DO NOT MAKE INSULIN. Our bodies are no longer capable of producing insulin. Most Type one's are not over weight by any means.

    Your researcher - look it up!

    Once again and with feeling folks - TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 DIABETES ARE TWO DIFFERENT DISEASES.

  3. kc says – reply to this


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    Re: scientist
    PART TWO
    What Halle said was wrong, way wrong. Type 1 is NOT CONTROLLED by diet and exercise, it can help, but it certainly isn't going to eliminate the need for insulin injections. Type 1 diabetics could very well drink water all damn day, and still need insulin injected! your body is always making glucose.. if my daughter's pump stops working she will be in DKA in a LIFE AND DEATH EMERGENCY SITUATION WITHIN 4 HOURS!! I have no doubt that Halle has diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and through a good diet, execise and the use of insulin she has been able to slowly get rid of the insulin injections… She has mispoken and is not educated properly.. she needs to correct herself. A lot of people believe what they hear in the media.. the media is not always correct..

  4. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – i believe that k2 is someone who has good instincts and - just a guess - was able to see that most of us on here coming to the defense of our children are quite likely good people and, in turn, good parents. i have only the best of intentions and a WHOLE lot of love for my family. i am not a schizophrenic, drug addict, or alcoholic, but you're right, obviously not ever parent to a diabetic is able to care for their child properly. but i never heard k2 say that. i heard k2 applaud the efforts of those who are trying their best, day in and day out, to care for their diabetic children. you, on the other hand, keep telling us we're idiots… but in a nice way, right?

  5. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – WHERE DO U GET YOUR FACTS ON DIABETIC PARENTS FROM?
    Really Mega - your clueless! M

    y anger has turned to acceptance. I ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOUR TALKING ABOUT..

    I'll pray for you and I hope that you stop preying on others.
    Get help b4 you do some serious damage.
    Sorry your parents did such a number on u .

  6. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: scientist
    "All I am saying is that from a medical perspective, there are several explanations that could account for her telling the truth."

    Thank-you for your input… what's true for one case, may not be for another. One possibility that occurs is when the pancreas becomes exhausted after infectious illness, toxic exposure, poor nutrition,ie., refined sugars and excessive starches. Insulin injections can assist the weakened pancreas until it resumes functionality - much like a crutch assists a broken bone. The initial diagnosis of T1DM would no longer be correct - similarly, folks have been pronounced dead based on readable vital sign activity and later wake up in morgues, startling the beejesus out of the workers.

    My father in law recovered from long standing leukemia after undergoing intense dosages of herbal formulas. The first week he was intensely ill while detoxifying, but then after that continued to gain in strength. His oncologist ignored him when he explained why they could no longer find any cancer. Thanks for keeping an open mind.

  7. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: sdmom – Thanks for your kind words - YOU ROCK

  8. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: k2
    According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report, there were 532,000 children in the foster care system on September 30, 2002 in the United States. The percent of diabetic children in this population is higher than the general population.

  9. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – why even go to see the oncologist… couldn't the herbalist just tell him he was cured?

  10. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: kc – Hey - how amazing is it that the more the space cases write, the more out of this world they sound!! How
    funny is it that they say we don't have an open mind, yet they can't handle the straight facts of TYPE 1. KEEP THE FAITH !

  11. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – do tell, what is your point here? and dear god, please, i hope they do not allow you anywhere near children. diabetic or not.

  12. momofatype1 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – what does that have to do with anything? Maybe some parents can't handle a child with a chronic disease and would rather have someone else take care of them instead of neglecting them. It wasn't too long ago that diabetic children were put in group homes and mental institutions. My grandparents had to do that with their daughter after a few years of diagnosis. They gave her up to the state because they couldn't afford her care, plus my aunt went blind and there were no schools around to help. Think about the bigger picture here.

  13. KC says – reply to this


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    Re: mega
    According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report, there were 532,000 children in the foster care system on September 30, 2002 in the United States. The percent of diabetic children in this population is higher than the general population.

    SHARE YOUR SOURCE, I'D LOVE TO SEE THE NUT JOB PAGE YOU GOT THIS FROM.. DO YOU PULL THIS STUFF FROM YOUR ASS?? MY MOTHER HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD WEALFARE FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS.. SHE IS A SOCIAL WORKER.. HAS SEEN EVERYTHING. NOT ONCE HAS SHE HAD A CHILD WITH DIABETES IN HER CARE, AS A CASE, AN EMERGENCY NOTHING.. NOT IN ANY OF THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WELL.

    APARENTLY YOU ARE NOT ONLY AN EXPERT IN TYPE 1 DIABETES, RAW DIET, NOW CANCER, AND THE WEALFARE OF CHILDREN.. GOOD GOD.. STEP DOWN OF YOUR FREAKIN PEDESTAL AND ADMIT YOU ARE FUCKING WRONG AND SO FULL OF SHIT ITS COMING OUT YOUR EARS… I FEEL SORRY FOR ANYONE THAT COMES ANYWHERE NEAR YOU AND YOUR FUCKING BULLSHIT.

  14. sdmom says – reply to this


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    you know what, if mega's son was magically cured of type 1 diabetes and the father-in-law was magically cured of his leukemia with herbs and detoxifying, there is no doubt that everyone here would agree that it is fantastic. hear that mega? we all would be absolutely thrilled. here's where you lose us. you can shoot off all or your conspiracy theories as to why no one hears about these cures, but the truth is it just doesn't make any sense. if you are trying to get something out there, it really has to have at least a grain of truth to it. there are so many journalists waiting for a huge story. do you really believe that there is not ONE news reporter out there who would love to snatch up the story of the century?! a cure for leukemia? a cure for type 1 diabetes? everywhere you go, there are investigative journalists, etc., who would do anything for that story. so tell me, where is that report? most of us want to believe good and happy things, but we're also not stupid.

  15. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: sdmom
    "why even go to see the oncologist… couldn’t the herbalist just tell him he was cured?"
    As I mentioned, his was a longstanding case of leukemia (considered to be terminal by the allopathic community) and he had been down the road of chemo/remission/chemo/remission a long time. The herbalist did not run the tests that determined he was cancer free. He respectfully kept his routine appointment with his oncologist, who was shocked to see him so vigorous.

    He was initially resistant to any alternative options, because his insurance would not cover it. Only when he was staring into the face of death and had no quality of life left, did he relent and try the herbal option. That was over ten years ago. He's 82 now and going strong.
    He was raised on a ranch in New Zealand during the time when they were putting DDT on everything, was a WWII vet and had worked many years for Ford Motors standing next to a vat of acetone. After his body was detoxified from the accumulated toxic build up of those activities and the chemo, it was able to heal.

  16. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – I am sure some parents of diabetic children do have a difficult time with their children's diagnoses. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NORMAL FOR ANY PARENT, regardless what type of idisease (be it chronic or terminal) that their child is diagnosed with. I've read that 50% of marriages fail apart after their child is diagnosed with autism. Some people in the autism community say the stat is more like 80%. Many parents blame themselves because of the statements made by morons like you.
    Yours is an umbrella t statement. You lump every parent of type 1's together with those parents who are forced to put their child in the foster system. Be it do to mental, physical, substance or financial issues. THAT IS UNEDUCATED AND UNFAIR. You obviously have issues in that area and for that I am sorry.
    However, I still think you an uneducated idiot when it comes to type1 and ALL the people it effects. I've met (and had) the loving parents of type 1's. Most don't do drugs or Drink Jack Daniels from their coffee cup. THEY TAKE THEIR SADNESS AND USE IT TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THEIR KIDS DISEASE. Knowledge is power.
    Everyone has issues Mega - and you are proof positive of that. I can only hope that you seek help from a mental ealth care professional.

  17. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – well, whatever the reason or the treatment or the what have you, if said story is true, then i am absolutely thrilled for you, your father-in-law, and the rest of the family because that is wonderful news.

  18. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: momofatype1
    I was responding to another posting, #571, with claims that all parents of diabetics are fabulous and caring parents. I agree the stats are a bit off topic… but then again relevant to the lives of diabetic children. Thanks for bringing up the point that "some parents can’t handle a child with a chronic disease and would rather have someone else take care of them instead of neglecting them." I wish all children had fabulous and caring parents as k2 claims to have.

  19. momofatype1 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – it isn't a matter of not being "fabulous" if they are in foster care, there are many reasons. Like my grandparents couldn't afford my aunts care and they had two other children to raise. They loved their daughter very much, but knew they couldn't care for her like they needed to. Realizing you have too much on your plate and looking out for the best interest of your child does make you a fabulous parent. They drove 3 hours every weekend to see her until she passed away (mind you this was awhile ago so diabetics didn't have that long to live). and-I wish all parents, regardless of their childs health condition were fabulous-but that's not the case. Diabetes or not, parents aren't always the best. So you can't just look at diabetic children in foster homes and think "they have diabetes cause their parents suck", it's just stastically a chronic disease is a huge upheavel for a family and things happen. Some parents have had post traumatic stress disorder after their childs diagnosis.

  20. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: sdmom
    thank-you sdmom… it is unfortunate that our system does not fairly support so called alternative options… in fact, makes it extremely difficult for many practitioners to maintain. That herbalist has gone through so much… scrutiny from the FDA, tapped phone lines, haters and patients who as a result of long standing illness cannot afford to pay. He has recently downgraded his facility in order to stay in business.
    His formulas have helped so many people with serious illnesses who weren't being helped by mainstream medicine. His herbs even saved my one cat's life… the one I took to the vet and spent over $1000.00 died, but the one who took the $10.00 bottle of herbal formula is still shedding hair all over the carpet.
    I am fortunate to live in Oregon where there is some marrying of naturopathic and allopathic medicines… but we have a long way to go to change the dominant medical paradigm.

  21. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: momofatype1 – "you can’t just look at diabetic children in foster homes and think “they have diabetes cause their parents suck”

    well said and all true… I, in no way think or said that "parents suck" and I apologize if that's how it seemed to you. The subject of children, parents and families is very close to my heart. I advocate for imperfect parents, (which all parents are in varying degrees), but also work to protect the children while the parents learn/grow/evolve beyond whatever their issues are. We are all a work in progress - as is our system.

  22. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: k2
    You make a good point about the strain on families following the serious illness and/or death of a child. My first marriage failed following the death of our first child the day after his first DPT vaccination. Not one person, not the doctors, minister or family members suggested that it might effect our realtionship. Fortunately, family services has come a long way and many are assisted in meaningful ways… but I'm sure that many still fall through the cracks - thinking it's their failure, feeling alone.

    Kathleen Kennedy recently wrote a book about the importance of community support and she used the Lord's prayer to make her point. All throughout the prayer are the words "we" and "us"… not me and I.

  23. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – It isn't a claim, It's a fact - MY PARENTS ARE FABULOUS. Are they Perfect? noway. Do they have faults? Hell yeah.
    Did they make mistakes? Absolutely. Did they learn from them? U bet!
    They had 6 children - 3 of who developed type 1 before the age of 11.
    1, my older sister who was diagnosed at the of 14 and suffered from severe complications of type 1 from the ages of 21 until her death at 34.. At the time of her death she was on dialisys(sp), had suffered from 3 heart attacks and several mini strokes, and had paralysis of the esophogus (Sp) due to gastroparisis (sp). MY PARENTS TOOK CARE OF HER AROUND THE CLOCK. My mother -who has never weighed more than 130 lbs in her life and was a professional ice skater, neglected her health so much in order to care for her kids who were ill, that her heart literally started to skip beats.
    YES, they were very upset. Did they worry? Constantly. MY father was a type 1 and did feel some guilty. But he exercised daily, watched what he ate religiously,and instilled that in all of his kids, not just the diabetics. Evenmy sister who passed away was a runner until her 20's when her complications became too severe.
    Do my siblings and I believe in alternative medicine - yes, we do. BUT, we still know that no matter how much selenium, green alge, and B tablets we take - we still need our insulin to survive.

  24. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – My heart goes out to you for the loss of your child, it is certainly a terrible thing and it is pain that never gos away. I am not a mother, but that is what my own and many others say about the death of a child.
    However, it still does not excuse your words that have offended the thousands of type 1's and their families who read your words regarding the disease. We fight the miss education of our disease on a daily basis and have watched the damaging effects of miss information on our loved ones.
    As far as Kathleen Kennedy's book, I haven't read it. But the Kennedy's have made their own mistakes in God's eyes and the publics. No need to bring it to a forum regarding type 1 diabetes and the idiotic words of a miss educated actress and others like yourself.
    But since you did, the importance of community support in the diabetes community is big, as it is in many other disease related organizations. The Type 1 community has certainly demonstrated the support of their members who have participated on this forum. And for that, ALL OF US THANK THEM.

  25. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: k2 – wow, you and your family have gone through SO much… hearing this helps me realize just how lucky i am. if you do become a parent someday, you will certainly be a great one. you and your family stay strong…

  26. momofatype1 says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – so sorry for your loss!
    Look at it this way, let's say you've got a copy of your childs VAERS report (vaccine report for those who aren't psycho hippies like me) and it states that vaccine was at fault-but we're all saying "no, it's not" "this is what happened blablabla" That's how parents of type 1's feel when we know for a fact that our childs diabetes can not be cured and people argue with it. I apologize if I made that too personal for you, we selectively/delay vaccines so I get crap for that all the time too.

  27. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: mega – so sorry for your loss as well. that is something i cannot even imagine.

  28. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: momofatype1 – well said.

  29. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: sdmom – Thanks for your wonderful words. My mother once told me that if she thought about every sad event in her life regarding the people she loved and the people she lost, she would never be able to get out of bed each morning. Instead, she focuses on the positiveness that has been given to her in the form of her loved ones. My parents were and are survivors of life and what it brought them( mother would still kick anyone's ass who told her or her kid that type 1 could be cured by diet and exercise.)
    IF I can pass what she taught me along to my own kids one day, I'll cherish that, if not, it's OK. I know I've helped kids with the disease come to terms by finding humor in their disease and power in their knowledge of it. Diabetes brings with it many things, most a real pain - both literally and figuratively - but totally doable, it also gives the kids diagnosed with it empathy for others and a " ROCKIN" sense of humor! I mean how many diseases actually let u eat class whenever you want?? That's kinda cool.
    They also learn to protect themselves BIG TIME. Your kid's going to be fine. She's got a great mom.

  30. dr.shaft says – reply to this


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    So perez you are an idoit and get your facts straight, or maybe you should get an education. In fact your over weight yourself and you should worry about your own chances of becoming a type 2 diabetic….
    im sure karma will visit you one day for your harsh criticism on everyone.

    thats all

  31. Dani G. says – reply to this


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    If a type 1 diabetic was able to be weened off of insulin, my DOCTOR would have told me about it ages ago! I've been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years now. There's no way that's possible!
    Dear Halle,
    Get your facts straight before you go running your mouth.
    Love,
    Dani

  32. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: k2 – hey, thanks! nothing means more to me than my kids. some things people are dealt in life really suck. some have it much worse than others and it's a great way to put yourself in check. as soon as my daughter was diagnosed, i almost immediately thought, wow, i want to do that someday… be the nurse who does the in-hospital training. to have that knowledge to train them is awesome in itself, but to say to them… hey i've been there, to listen to them cry and feel that pain, that's what i knew i had to offer. i want to be there for the families. i want to turn the hand i've been dealt into a positive, which is why i'm back in school. you have obviously done just that with your life… what is more positive than helping these kids cope with the CRAP that is diabetes makes you a total hero in my book. cheers to you!!!

  33. sdmom says – reply to this


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    Re: k2 – you also hit the nail on the head because my daughter has the absolute most wicked sense of humor i have ever witnessed!! she is an amazing kid… truly amazing.

  34. k2 says – reply to this


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    Re: sdmom – My life is a work in progress and I do more and more diabetes related work everyday, I'm not a nurse, but I work with different diabetes groups and inform through humor that is completely based on diabetes facts. Kids learn through laughter.
    YOU ROCK FOR GOING BACK TO SCHOOL & taking control of the diabetes in your families life. Soon you'll be helping other families to take control & own their type 1, allowing them to laugh again instead of crying.
    As far as your daughter, she sounds like she could teach me a thing or two! I'd love to learn from her!

  35. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101 cont
    High insulin levels affect appetite, recovery from exercise, the storage of glucose as fat instead of its use for energy and the production and balance of other hormones, which may add to insulin resistance. Let's see, you're hungry all the time, have little energy, any activity wears you out instead of giving you the endorphin high that you keep hearing many other people get when they exercise, your hormones are out of whack, you may be more prone to depression. Type 2 diabetes develops slowly, over the course of decades. You don't get diabetes because you're fat and don't exercise. You get fat and lethargic because you're developing diabetes. In fact, its a miracle if you don't (or else you really have a different type.) At diagnosis some type 2s may be producing 5 times the normal amount of insulin but have already lost half of their ß-cells, (insulin producing cells) which means they may also have a defect in the mechanism that controls ß-cell proliferation. The fact that the majority of fat people will never develop diabetes means that there may be a number of different defects that go into causing this disease, some people will keep growing new ß-cellsand keep their production of insulin adequate to avoid diabetes, others will not.

  36. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 3
    The reason some type 2 diabetics start out on insulin and are later able to go off it is that high blood sugar levels suppress the production of natural insulin and, along with high insulin levels and visceral obesity, increases insulin resistance. Once blood sugars are under control, resistance is reduced and the person may be able to get by with pills and/or diet and exercise. This diet sometimes involves the rationing of carbohydrate throughout the day so that smaller amounts cause a lesser need for insulin at one time and can be covered by the natural insulin the person still makes. Increasingly, some type 2s are turning to more stringent carbohydrate restriction to better control blood sugars and lessen and sometimes eliminate the need for drugs or even normalize their blood sugars completely most of the time. This is not a cure for type 2 diabetes. If they stop the treatment they are using, their blood sugar control will deteriorate again. Type 2 is progressive and may eventually result in the complete loss of all ß-cells no matter what, and so the people with it may need insulin just as badly as a type 1 does. This does not mean they changed their type of diabetes even though they have to treat it in a similar way, usually with larger amounts of injected insulin than a type 1 needs.

  37. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 4
    It is thought by some that gestational diabetes is really type 2 diabetes that shows up early and temporarily because of the continuing increase of insulin resistance during pregnancy. This is why it seems to go away after delivery. It should serve as an early warning to sufferers since so many go on to develop true type 2 later on.

    There are diabulemics, Type 1 diabetics, usually teen and young adult women, who undershoot their insulin (inject less than they need to maintain health) so their muscles and fat will melt into pee because their blood sugar is too high. This is a dangerous and counterproductive eating disorder. It causes a much higher chance of complications just like other inadequately controlled diabetes.

  38. not sayin says – reply to this


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    Type 1 diabetes is characterized in most cases by an autoimmune attack on the ß-cells but can also be caused by trauma to the pancreas. These people will die without injecting insulin. Before insulin was discovered they were treated by an extremely low calorie, almost no carbohydrate, starvation diet just to eke out a few extra months in most cases. It takes a while for all the ß-cells to die off. Soon after diagnosis some of them may recover temporarily because of injected insulin and lower blood sugar levels taking some of the pressure off of them. This may allow some type 1s to go off insulin temporarily, (called honeymoon) but this may be counterproductive. Some experts believe that continuing to inject insulin will prolong ß-cell life and make type 1 diabetes easier to control in the future.

  39. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101 part 6

    It isn't the tendency to develop type 1 diabetes that is inherited, it is the tendency to develop autoimmune disorders. A type one's descendants may or may not develop diabetes or another autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis (attacking the joints,) lupus (attacking many different organs over the course of the disease,) celiac disease (gluten intolerance which can cause both underweight and overweight,) Hashimotos thyroiditis(underproduction of thyroid hormones causes weight gain,) etc. A type 1 diabetic may not have an ancestor with diabetes but may have relatives with one or more of the other disorders. People with one autoimmune disorder also have an increased chance of developing others. Having dead ß-cells does not mean the pancreas is dead, it produces glucagon in the alpha cells (mobilizes stored fat for energy between meals but is suppressed by insulin) and also digestive enzymes that break our food down into components our cells can use for energy and cellular repair and maintenance.

  40. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 7
    The only possible cure for a type one diabetic, today, is a pancreas transplant with, hopefully, the chance that the immune suppressing drugs that keep the organ from being rejected will also prevent a renewed attack on ß-cells. ß-cell transplants are not yet perfected and only a few people have received them during clinical studies and only a few of those seem to have 'taken' to the point the person no longer has to inject insulin at all, at least temporarily. Contrary to popular belief, adults can and do develop type one and may not be treated correctly at first due to misdiagnosis as type 2.

  41. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101 part 8,
    There are also other types of diabetes besides gestational and types 1 and 2.

    MODY, maturity onset diabetes of youth, is a collection of genetic disorders some of them the gene has been identified and can be tested for. These are often misdiagnosed as type 2, even when the patient is thin, because of ignorance and the amount of time your average doctor has to spend on each patient and on keeping up with the latest research. (A lot of doctors get most of their CME credits directly from the pharmaceutical companies, who are only interested in moving more product.)

  42. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 9
    LADA, latent autoimmune diabetes of adults, is like type one but develops more slowly, can sometimes involve different antibodies than type 1, and is also many times misdiagnosed and treated as type 2, at first.

    Someone already mentioned recent research showing that Alzheimer's may be caused by insulin resistance in the brain. The substance that handles mopping up extra insulin in the brain is the same one that keeps the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's from building up.

  43. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 10
    Recently, a small group of people who were thought to have developed type 1 in early infancy, were found to have a different disorder completely. There is a congenital defect that makes it impossible for them to produce insulin even though they have living ß-cells. Once tested and found to have this disorder they are able to stop injecting insulin, take a pill usually used for type 2 instead and otherwise live relatively 'normal' lives. This may look to the ill informed as if they weaned themselves off insulin and changed their type. It is my understanding that Ms Berry developed diabetes as a young adult and so could not be a member of this group.

  44. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 11
    Diabetes insipidus isn't true diabetes at all. It is caused by a deficiency of a hormone called vasopressin, or by an insensitivity of the kidneys to it. It causes people to pee a lot but has no effect on blood sugar or insulin.

    The lack of knowledge about diabetes by the general public and many health professionals is complicated by the fact that there are places where the different types may overlap. A person may have more than one type at the same time. A type 2 diabetic may suffer an autoimmune attack and develop type 1 or LADA, also if they are prone to autoimmune attacks as well. A person with type one may have been born or become resistant later on. A person exposed to high blood sugars in the womb and is therefore vulnerable to type 2 may also have inherited a gene that causes one of the types of MODY but be overweight from the inborn insulin resistance.

    This ends your class in diabetes 101.

  45. not sayin says – reply to this


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    diabetes 101, part 1b
    Studies have shown that some thin, nondiabetic children of type 2 diabetics already show signs of insulin resistance and overproduction of insulin by the pancreas. Some recent research indicates that this may be caused by fetal exposure to high blood sugar or insulin levels during development of the pancreas during pregnancy. There are also indications that the children of women who were exposed to famine (and starvation level diets) have a higher rate of type 2 diabetes. These people will often crave carbohydrates and be protein deficient, probably because of the effect of nutritional inadequacy (maybe the deprivation of protein and fat) and/or high blood sugars on the developing brain's handling of neurotransmitters.

  46. K2 says – reply to this


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    Re: not sayin – GREAT RESEARCH!!!!!!

  47. MODY says – reply to this


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    Actually, she could be right.

    I was diagnosed with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes when I was fourteen years old. I rebelled against my illness and stopped taking my insulin (stupid I know) but instead of getting extremely sick, like type 1 diabetics should if they don't take their insulin, I remained fine for nearly a year without it. My consultant found out and went mad obviously but the hospital I was attending was doing research on a new type of diabetes, MODY or Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young, which is basically type 2 diabetes in young people (type 2 diabetes is usually only diagnosed in those over 30 years old). I am off insulin now but had to start taking it during pregancy again and I REALLY hope Halle is taking insulin now that she's pregnant cos without it she could be damaging her baby.

  48. jaycee says – reply to this


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    I AM A CERTIFIED NURSE DIABETES EDUCATOR,NO ONE CAN GO FROM BEING A TYPE ONE TO TYPE 2 DIABETIC. The only credit I can give Halle is that she is discussing her diabetes at all== she went from denying it, to claiming to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation that she was embarassed about her disease. Apparently, she felt it would stop her from getting work in Hollywood. JDF then made her the spokesperson of the year. She should be ashamed of herself for not using her celebrity to better educate the public and get much needed funding. If she has the miracle cure, why isn't she sharing it with the rest of us! ??????????? !!!

  49. mega says – reply to this


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    Re: jaycee
    "she went from denying it, to… claiming she was embarassed about her disease. …She should be ashamed of herself for not using her celebrity to better educate the public "

    As A CERTIFIED NURSE DIABETES EDUCATOR, you must know that the five stages that people process when faced with loss, grief or learning they have a serious illness are:
    Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

    She is a human being who went through the normal progression leading to her own personal acceptance before being able to face others with it. Her celebrity doesn't make her any less human or any more superhuman. And the time required for her to process it is at her pace… not when someone else deems it so.

    Discrimination against diabetics in the workplace is real… regardless of legality or ethics… her fears were realistic.

  50. kat says – reply to this


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    I have type 1 diabetes and I've had it for most of my life. I cannot believe that someone who HAS the disease would be so ignorant on it. Is she so rich that she hires people to be smart for her? It's impossible to "ween" off of insulin, her blood sugar would skyrocket, and she'd be in the hospital right now. Seriously, how could one who has type 1 diabetes be confused on it?

    Maybe the article was purely gossip and it was the one who worded her wrong? I seriously hope so…

  51. Holly/DM says – reply to this


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    YOU GO PEREZ!! I am a Type 1 diabetic. I have a wonderful, perfectly healthy 2 yr old son. It get SO frustrating to see that someone like Halle who is in the public spotlight not knowing or being able to accurately tell the difference. Go to www.diabeticmommy.com to talk with other women who are diabetic (type 1, 2, and gestational) and have kids, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. These are REAL women who have real issues with diabetes.
    I am on insulin on an insulin pump. I don't believe in alternative medicines for diabetes-I have tired and only got sicker. While they make work for some (judging from the comments), I don't think they do.
    I just wish SHE would come out and clear the air as to what type she is, what her "medications" are, etc. The general public has NO idea of what a diabetic goes through-it is mostly "YOU CAN'T EAT THAT!!" and a million other false sterotypes. She could use this opportunity to EDUCATE the general public.

  52. Holly/DM says – reply to this


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    YOU GO PEREZ!! I am a Type 1 diabetic. I have a wonderful, perfectly healthy 2 yr old son. It get SO frustrating to see that someone like Halle who is in the public spotlight not knowing or being able to accurately tell the difference. Go to diabeticmommy.com to talk with other women who are diabetic (type 1, 2, and gestational) and have kids, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. These are REAL women who have real issues with diabetes.
    I am on insulin on an insulin pump. I don't believe in alternative medicines for diabetes-I have tired and only got sicker. While they make work for some (judging from the comments), I don't think they do.
    I just wish SHE would come out and clear the air as to what type she is, what her "medications" are, etc. The general public has NO idea of what a diabetic goes through-it is mostly "YOU CAN'T EAT THAT!!" and a million other false sterotypes. She could use this opportunity to EDUCATE the general public.

  53. Holly/DM says – reply to this


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    YOU GO PEREZ!! I am a Type 1 diabetic. I have a wonderful, perfectly healthy 2 yr old son. It get SO frustrating to see that someone like Halle who is in the public spotlight not knowing or being able to accurately tell the difference. Search for diabetic mommy to talk with other women who are diabetic (type 1, 2, and gestational) and have kids, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. These are REAL women who have real issues with diabetes.
    I am on insulin on an insulin pump. I don't believe in alternative medicines for diabetes-I have tired and only got sicker. While they make work for some (judging from the comments), I don't think they do.
    I just wish SHE would come out and clear the air as to what type she is, what her "medications" are, etc. The general public has NO idea of what a diabetic goes through-it is mostly "YOU CAN'T EAT THAT!!" and a million other false sterotypes. She could use this opportunity to EDUCATE the general public.

  54. lulu says – reply to this


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    Yeah-I have always thought something wasn't quite right with her-she is kinda wacko…how is she gonna bullshit her way out of this?? she didn't just "make a mistake"…she obviously lied…you don't make a mistake about whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes…i am betting she doesn't even have it at all…she's just nutty.

  55. Jan says – reply to this


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    Re: Sally – "Yes, you can go from a Type 2 to a Type 1. Medicine is that advanced." Medicine is NOT that advanced. If it were, all children, who are the majority of Type 1 victims (which used to be referred to as JUVENILE Diabetes and I think they should reinstate the old name) would be OFF insulin! And children in third world countries who are dying because they cannot even GET insulin would be alive today. I would appreciate it if people would at least TRY to get the facts straight before issuing ridiculous blanket statements such as the above. If you had done MINIMAL research or listened to what some of the parents on this blog were posting, you would not write such stupidity. Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes is an AUTO-IMMUNE disease. These children are rendered insulin dependent in days due to an attack on the beta cells of their pancreas. THEY NO LONGER PRODUCE INSULIN. Therefore they must get it from an outside source (insulin shots or through a pump) or they will DIE. And they will die within a matter of days. Not so hard to understand, is it? So get it straight.

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