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    Forbes--This left me speechless

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    I saw this in Forbes magazine. He's diabetic and so desperate for a Snickers bar that he'll inject to eat a Snickers bar!

    Here's the link to the same online:
    The Survivor Part 2 Christensen Gets Diagnosed With Diabetes - David Whelan - Health Dollars - Forbes

    "Clayton Christensen"

    "I called a friend who was a doctor in Boston, and he immediately diagnosed it: Oh, you have diabetes. I called my wife and said, Oh, Christine, I am so relieved I have diabetes. I thought I was going to die of cancer.

    "Diabetes is a great example whereby giving the patient the tools you can manage yourself very well. Its been 28 years. If you have too much insulin your blood sugar drops and your brain shuts down. Ive only lost consciousness four times in all of those years. The reason is that I test my blood sugar seven times a day. If its too low I have a Snickers bar. If its high I take a shot. And sometimes I am so desperate for a Snickers bar I give myself insulin so I can have one. I figure if I live a normal life I will take about 90,000 shots."

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    This makes me sad for him.

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    I love that treating a preventable disease is a wonderful thing. Go get em Clayton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruscone View Post
    "I called a friend who was a doctor in Boston, and he immediately diagnosed it: “Oh, you have diabetes.” I called my wife and said, “Oh, Christine, I am so relieved I have diabetes. I thought I was going to die of cancer.”
    O.O Wow, how unaware is THAT? Most diabetics die of cancer.

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    I just don't know what to say. What would he do for a Klondike bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris C View Post
    I just don't know what to say. What would he do for a Klondike bar?
    Probably kill someone.

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    My daughter has a diabetic friend who was thrilled when she got an automatic insulin pump; some sort of gizmo that goes around her waist, monitors her blood sugar and delivers the needed amount of insulin without a shot. Wheee, it's so easy and painless that now she can eat whatever she wants, isn't that great?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyAl View Post
    I love that treating a preventable disease is a wonderful thing. Go get em Clayton.
    Maybe this is just my extreme ignorance, but I always thought Type 1 Diabetes was caused by organ failure and not because the person was necessarily unhealthy. Sure, he eats snickers bars but it also looks like he was very sick with pneumonia and his pancreas was damaged.

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    I guess you could say ignorance is bliss in this case.
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