Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 14, 2022

Insulin is not a cure for diabetes; it is a treatment.
It enables the diabetic to burn sufficient carbohydrates
so that proteins and fats may be added to the diet
in sufficient quantities to provide energy for the economic burdens of life.

~ Frederick Banting
Canadian – Scientist November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941

Porte Ponderings:

My husband has insulin dependent diabetes. He was diagnosed in 1997 and is still living with the disease at 70.

The incidence of diabetes is much higher among indigenous people.

His mother was diabetic when she was pregnant with him. My husband weighed 12.5 lbs when he was born at home. His mother died at the age of 61 from diabetic complications. Kidney failure, Retina detachments and toe amputations just to mention a few of her health issues due to diabetes.

Advances have been made since my mother-in-law died. The needles are much easier to use. The testing is much easier and more accurate than the urine tests. Now you can wear a sensor that continuously monitors blood glucose levels. The sensors last 2 weeks and are easy to apply. My husband uses 2 types of insulin, a long acting one at night time and a fast acting one before each meal (yes a total of 4 per day).

Other drugs also help control glucose levels: Metformin, Jardiance, Ozempic (injectable 1x per week)

Then there are all of the other diabetic complications such as neuropathy, so he takes Pregavalin for pain; poor circulation so compression socks, special orthotics and a scooter to help with his limited mobility. Oh and don’t forget the Goldbond for dry skin.

We’re lucky, Indian and Northern Affairs pays for most of his medical supplies.

My one daughter-in-law had a pancreas and double kidney transplant. No longer insulin dependent, she now has a handful of anti-rejection drugs to take with every meal.

Non-insulin dependent diabetes is also on the rise in North America. I’ve had non-insulin dependent diabetes for 2 years. Although being over-weight and inactive increase your possibility of developing Type II diabetes you can be active and underweight, so get tested.

New developments and research are aimed at curing the disease, but until then the symptoms are kept at bay with stop gap treatments.

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Daily Quote: November 14, 2021

People discuss my art and pretend to understand
as if it were necessary to understand,
when it’s simply necessary to love.

~ Claude Monet
French – Artist / November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

I heard one news item that said diabetes has increased by 19% since the pandemic started with the supposition that the increase is due to the lack of activity as we’ve been under orders to stay home. On the rise it’s a major disease with severe consequences when not recognized and treated. World Diabetes Day is a reminder to get your A1C’s checked and keep those numbers in range with diet and exercise. Diabetes is no longer a death sentence. New medications are available for those with Type II Diabetes so discuss your options with your doctor. New devices are available for Type I Diabetics to help reduce the number of puncture wounds from needles. Pods, pumps and sensors to help keep blood sugar levels within range.

Eat a pickle to celebrate National Pickle Day. So many pickles to choose from, dills, sweets, bread and butter, yum yum. And not just limited to processed cucumbers, you can pickle almost any vegetable. Mmmmm…….

Remember to use your seat belt on National Seat Belt Day and everyday. Seat belts save lives. So buckle up and have a belt for the road. 😉

Daily Quote: November 14, 2020

Insulin is not a cure for diabetes; it is a treatment.
It enables the diabetic to burn sufficient carbohydrates so that proteins and fats may be added to the diet in sufficient quantities to provide energy for the economic burdens of life.

~ Sir Frederick Banting (Canadian – Scientist / November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941)

Holidays and Celebrations:


  • For diabetics that are no longer able to produce their own insulin, Sir Fredrick Banting’s discovery of injectable take insulin is a life saver. But it isn’t a cure and the complications of taking insulin can be life limiting. Diabetic neuropathy, loss of limbs, kidney disease, and heart disease not to mentions the highs and lows……..