5.24.16

Is This A Mirror Image? Mold Illness and Diabetes Are Scary Similar

Diagnosis

I’m admittedly hypersensitive to all things diabetes related considering my glutenous amount of reading on the subject. Every over the counter medication, prescription drug commercial and doctor’s office poster has something about the disease. When I came across this article, Mold Illness Is Everywhere: What it is and 11 Signs You Have It, by David Wolfe, it made me consider how the signs of a mold illness paralleled symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Interesting…

11 Signs of Mold Illness:

  • Brain Fog, Memory Problems, Trouble Focusing, Headaches
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Unexplained Muscle Cramping, Aches, and Pains or the Joints, Persistent Nerve Pain
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Eye Problems like Red Eyes or Light Sensitivity
  • Asthma and Sinus Problems like Cough or Shortness of Breath
  • Tremors and Vertigo
  • Digestive Issues like Change in Appetite, Diarrhea, Nausea, Abdominal Pain
  • Metallic Taste in the Mouth
  • Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
  • Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination

Don’t a few of these sound familiar? According to the American Diabetes Association, common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

I just moved into my new home which was built in the 1920s. It has a ton of charm, but I bet a history of mold considering the humid basement. After discovering the similarities, I couldn’t help but think about the environmental factors now being discussed associated with the onset of T1D. I’m sure there is further literature so I’m doing a bit more research and promise to report back should/when I find something.

I’m just curious, does anyone out there have a mold and diabetes connection? I would love to hear from you on this subject or any other environmental factors or triggers.

Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ for her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest - whatever that means.

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