from the thread on ccsvi:
Leonard, wouldn't people in the first peak (age 25-30) then get hit harder when their arteries or veins age and interfere even further with the glucose issues?
YES, I think this is known by neurologists. Of course it depends on the degree of hardening. If you have diabetes 2 in the family, clearly there is a genetic predisposition and you should be alerted.
I think the vitamin D link with intra-cellular calcium and glucose transfer is fascinating, I still need to read up on that.
YES, it is fascinating isn't it and -besides the double peak in the graph of age of onset- a centre piece in the thesis. No one will be able to get around it
Are you or any other MSer thinking of trying Metformin? I am curious if it will work.
YES, and I am sure that it will work. My father had weakening of his legs when he was around 58 years old. He never had MS though, but may have some venous problems. He was diagnosed with diabetes 2 at more or less the same time. We are now 25 years later, he is 83 years old and in good health. The weakening seems to have evaporated... But he takes Metformin... already for 25 years...
My blood sugar and my fast serum insulin response under stress were tested last week. Things were normal or a sort of normal. So from the diabetics side, I am OK, at least up till now. But I have another problem (=MS) and the medical protocols of endocrinologists do not say anything about that... So the doctor can not prescribe...
What is happening here has never been seen before. We go at the speed of light, the medical system goes at glacial speed, or at best the speed of a plane. We have a global college and brains circulating, they have at best pockets of information that they may share at conferences, meetings, .. When we share information, it is "us for us", in their world there is a lot of envy and competition (not in the least for the intellectual property). We are motivated by our own health situation (which is even more powerful than the $) and we are experienced (we know what it is and what the symptoms are from the inside), they may have different motivations, experiences and expectations. And -in all fairness-, we have the freedom to think and express ourselves (which we do), for them that may be different ("primum non nocere").
We are witnessing an intellectual transformation here that is more sweeping than anything we have seen in the past. The technological revolution of the Internet and these social fora provide extraordinary tools for searching, ordering and processing information. The monopoly of information enjoyed by the medical sector or its various disciplines disintegrates. This makes that we are light-years ahead (and some doctors have literally told me precisely this).
The systemic problem is one of cultural preparation, the challenge is to graduate the computer age. That may be an issue that transcends the medical sector. And perhaps here lies a role for governments.