was recently asked by a member how I've
come to feel so strongly about the
issues outlined here. My
Story, below, should likely start
with this note:
For the first
30+ years of my diabetes, starting in
October of 1954, we did urine testing
and had semi-annual blood sugars and no
A1c or similar testing.
I had lots of
severe insulin reactions, but never
simply blacked out wide awake from
insulin shock as I do on human insulin
or pork. In 3 years on Human Insulin, I
had 3 "at fault" auto
accidents with none in 27 prior years
and none in 12 subsequent years.
measure of how well I did is that I
survived while all of the other 3 kids
diagnosed with me died of diabetes
complications (one insulin reaction, one
heart attack and one stroke).
In my 3 years
on human, I never got an A1c below 10.7%
no matter how hard we tried. I was often
well over 12%. In
the 11 years since with far fewer
injections and tests per day, I can hit
8.2-9.5% A1cs with no major insulin
reaction problems of the sort I have on
human or pork insulins.
following are individual cases and
evidence of the problems which some
diabetics have with the limited insulins
now available in the US.