Craig san Roque: Yes the life extension offered by dialysis …

Comment on Cultural drawcards – lessons for Alice from MONA? by Jamie.

Craig san Roque: Yes the life extension offered by dialysis is valuable but the frustrating part is that all the medical treatment in the world merely prolongs sickness.
Prevention involves diet, exercise and for some less alcohol although I have many stricken friends who never drink.
Knowledge of the progress of diabetes from metabolic disease is not adequate in our medical profession.
Low blood sugar in an obese patient is usually seen by doctors as good, the pancreas is working well when actually it’s over reacting and the person has hypoglycaemia, just a step away from diabetes.
That’s the intervention point, not when the blood sugar is soaring.
Perhaps doctors have given up, compliance with diabetic mediation and monitoring is very low and ensures that dialysis is needed quite soon.
Although not publicised, dialysis protocols have been changed with patients removed from treatment lists as they enter the final stages of the disease.
No more dialysis up to the point of death, the system is in melt down through burgeoning demand.
It’s a painful death, end stage patients suffer terrible headaches, many are content to die to spare themselves more torture.
Quite a few head back to their communities to die without treatment.
The scale of this tragedy is immense.

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Cultural drawcards – lessons for Alice from MONA?
@ Craig san Roque: Yes, hunger is a worry but for reasons that are far worse than you suggest.
Contemporary Aboriginal hunger mainly arises from metabolic disease.
The more obese the person the more they suffer constant hunger.
This is just before full blown diabetes strikes.
Then high levels of sugar will ravage every organ in their bodies, amputations are common as infections cannot be easily controlled.
Many of the skinny Aboriginal people you see are not healthier, they have got full blown uncontrolled diabetes, with no insulin they don’t store fat.
Many are diabetic alcoholics.
In this group most will be end stage dialysis patients within a couple of years.
Most will be dead within five years.
Deaths in the age group 30 – 40 years are common, few live longer than 50.
Constant hunger is all too often the first symptom of tragic medical conditions.


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