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Postby Shayk » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:22 pm

Ian,
How many times do I have to tell you - I'm happily married and young enough to be your son.

Apparently quite a few. :lol:

Lynda Carol-- Yes, I do know there is no duel here. :) I too enjoy the exchange of ideas. Do you happen to know if persistently high levels of insulin over time ever culminate in diabetes? I'm just curious. I'll keep stumbling around in the dark as well, you're not alone in that.

Have a good week end everyone

Sharon
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Postby lyndacarol » Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:13 pm

Sharon--I can't cite scources (I'll look for them.), but I have read in a couple places that persistently high insulin production WILL ultimately "burn" out the cells that manufacture insulin, culminating in type 1 diabetes--frequently associated with MS (The intermediate stage of overproduction is type 2 diabetes.)

I recall one author comparing insulin-resistence and accompanying hyperinsulinemia as the pancreas shouting louder and louder to be heard (i.e., to take care of the glucose).

Thank you for being with me, here in the dark, stumbling around. It gives me great comfort to know I am not alone!
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Addendum to my April 28 post here

Postby lyndacarol » Mon May 01, 2006 8:05 am

Rather than edit my post of three days ago, I'll just put this here.

To the Chicago Trib story of a family plagued by MS, I will add my own anecdote. (I enjoy the relative anonymity of this site and do not plan to tell my life's story!)

I was adopted, but learned some of my biological background a few years ago after my MS diagnosis. My biological father was the oldest of 13 children; a niece of his has MS; HE HAS MS, TOO. I never knew this man, didn't live with him, did not, to my knowledge, eat the same diet or share germ exposure; obviously we share genes (English and Irish ethnicity).

As you all can guess, I suspect we share similarities in the way our pancreas functions (or misfunctions!). I have encouraged strangers to request insulin testing, but I do not intend to contact this man about it. Apparently, my scientific inquiry has limits. Surely, the answer can be found without this.

My own history contributes to my belief that the newspaper-reported family's frequency of MS cannot be coincidence either.
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