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November 15, 2006


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Gail Rae Hudson

Provocative post. Set me to wondering about exenatide, the derivative insulin regulator courtesy of gila monster venom, that not only keeps insulin levels from becoming too high, but appears to also keep them from plummeting too low. As you know, Mona, I've been waiting for this post...and I'm thoroughly satisfied, despite the fact that medical research on this topic is in its infancy.
Good, good post, as usual. Thank you...as usual!


Its interesting. My mom also suffered from diabetes before Alzheimer's and controling her blood sugar is important still. Thanks for keeping me thinking about these things.


Mona - A very interesting post - I always appreciate your lucid condensing and analysis of research. Thanks!


Excellent post. Thank you.

Tony Grieco

Before I was diagnosed with type II diabetes (at age 50), my mental acuity was going downhill fast- I couldn't read a book because I could not remember the plot, and it was getting so that I could not even watch a movie or TV show for the same reason. It took a good 6 months of slow recovery after my diabetes was controlled before I felt like I could think again. I believe that the same thing happened to my father and possibly his mother. I know people who have diabetes that was far worse than mine at diagnosis, as well as people whose diabetes is far less well controlled than mine who do not suffer any mental deficiencies. I am of the opinion that there may well be a genetic basis for the variation of response to high blood sugar. Whether that is true or not, I feel in my heart that my mind is literally at stake when I work to keep my glucose under control!

Other medications commonly prescribed for high cholesterol (a common problem in diabetics) can also have an adverse effect on memory- it is my understanding that these changes are not reversible.

The most important thing I have learned about diabetes is that it is a highly individualistic disease- things that other diabetics can eat or do that do not affect their blood sugar levels will send mine to the moon and vice-versa.

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