Reprinted with permission of Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine .
Back in 2003, when I was diagnosed, nobody seemed to know anything
much about the connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.
Or at least it wasn't mainstream, certainly not for my doctors at the
time. Celiac is of course an intolerance to gluten ,
a composite of proteins contained in wheat, rye and barley. Having it
therefore means eating no foods that contain those grains. Picture that !
my point was that suddenly, I seem to see the topic of diabetes &
celiac popping up all over. I was amazed to find an article in this
month's edition of Diabetes Forecast , called "A Tricky
Diagnosis: Why You Should Learn About Celiac Disease" that explains the
classic and atypical versions of this disorder:
* Classic = nasty gastrointestinal (GI) problems when you eat gluten
* Atypical = mild or no GI symptoms, but a skin rash (dermatitis
herpatiformis - yikes) that can appear on your face, elbow...
Q: My knee just started hurting three weeks ago out of the blue. Before that, I didn't have any pain. My doctor told me I have osteoarthritis. I thought osteoarthritis was a chronic problem. Can it happen all of a sudden? Is my doctor wrong about my diagnosis?
Osteoarthritis is indeed a chronic process. It is not a condition that just happens "all of a sudden." However, in certain situations the symptoms of osteoarthritis can occur suddenly. It is similar to cholesterol or high blood pressure causing a heart attack. High cholesterol and high blood pressure don't "feel bad." But high cholesterol and high blood pressure do lead to fatty plaque deposits in the arteries. One day, while running for a cab, the heart may need an increased amount of blood supply but the red blood cells can't get past the stiff, fatty plaques fast enough and so the heart is starved of oxygen. "All of a sudden" chest pain develops.
In a similar vein, joints tend to lose cartilage slowly over time...
Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
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