Pubdate: Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Postmedia Network Inc.
Author: George Chapman
Page: A11


Re: Letter: Help drug users live a relatively normal life, Aug. 19

A recent letter drawing a direct comparison between recreational drug
addicts and insulin-dependent diabetics is demeaning to the latter.
I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 57 years now and the only reason that
I'm still alive is because of four daily insulin injections.

The writer probably thinks of Type 2 diabetics (about 90 per cent of
diabetics) who are seldom prescribed insulin and who are generally
overweight and under-exercised. Those people can certainly change
their lifestyle and improve their situation dramatically. But not Type
1s. Exercise and a proper diet, careful record-keeping and all of the
rest of the tight discipline required of Type 1 diabetics can
certainly improve their lives and stave off complications, but they
can never obviate the need for insulin.

The comparison with drug addicts is odious. Drug addicts deprived of
their chemical of choice are much less likely to die, even if they
would like to at the time of withdrawal. Many do kick their habits and
live "normal" lives. Diabetes is not a habit but a genetic affliction.
There is a significant difference.

George Chapman, Rockland
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