My name is... umm let's just say it's meisme, and I just found out about this community. =P
About one year ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and boy did that suck. But after a few days of letting it settle in, and accepting this new life style, I feel great. I'm 20 years old now, and I'm going to college to get an associates degree in small business management. Umm, I have a few questions that I wanted to ask my doctor, but I keep forgetting, so I hope you ladies and gentlemen don't mind if I post them here. >_>
I didn't know where to post my questions, so I thought it would be best if I just place them in my introduction.
Firstly, I read a post a young lady posted in this forum about forgetting her insulin in her car which resulted in the insulin getting ruined. I live in Las Vegas, where the average temperature is usually in the high 90's and in the summers over 100 Fahrenheit. The commute from my house to school is quite the distance, and I'm worried about the heat "ruining" my insulin. How long can insulin be outside of refrigeration and at what temperature does it get ruined? How can I tell if my insulin is ruined?
Secondly, I've been getting very careless these past three months. I don't really monitor and control my sugar levels as much as I used to, I guess it's because I don't really feel weird when my sugar is high, and well because I don't really feel like taking a shot when my glucose level is around 135. I know glucose levels should be controlled as much as possible, but I just don't see the need to take a shot for just 1mg of insulin (and I'm lazy. =P). Maybe you could tell me the consequences of not controlling my glucose levels? I really didn't listen to anything the doctor told me, I just knew I had to take shots to control my glucose.
Lastly, I've been wondering if anyone has heard any news about stem cells and diabetes. More specifically skin cells turned to stem cells, and umbilical stem cells.