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Daniel's Photo Hi! My name is Daniel and I am a fifteen year old diabetic. I was diagnosed last July when I suddenly started getting really thirsty. I drank about seven litres of Coke a day and the more Coke I drank the more thirsty I got! Eventually I was taken to an endocrinologist and was diagnosed as a diabetic. What a shock! If you're diabetic I'm sure you know what a shock it is at first. I soon got used to the idea, the diet and injections and now its all second nature.

Since I became diabetic I have been leading a much healthier life--no sugar, low fat, healthy meals and not to mention the best thing I've become a FITNESS FREAK. I body build at gym and head an offroad cycling group. I even hope to compete in the 120km cycling race in Cape Town (South Africa) next year. And to think that before I got diabetes I was involved in no physical activity whatsoever! So diabetes can be good, can't it?

Another interesting issue is that when I became diabetic, my doctor thought I went into a "honeymoon period" (a time when the pancreas produces insulin again temporarily) I then became a "guineau pig" in a new investigation. Many doctors today hold the opinion that if a type 1 diabetic takes large doses of a vitamin B called nicotinamide, it will prolong the "honeymoon phase". This causes the diabetic to need far less "artificial" insulin and who knows, one day if it is done correctly and in time, the new diabetic might not have to take insulin at all.

As far as I am concerned, we think it has made me more sensitive to my insulin, sped up my metabolism and has helped my pancreas to make insulin. The nicest thing of all is that even if it is not working, there are no known side effects of too much nicotinamide and because it is a vitamin it is very cheap!

Moving away from the diabetes my life is really fun .... except for the schoolwork--ugghh! I hang with my friends, listen to music, go to parties, play the piano, cycle and really have a rave!

If you are newly diabetic and its getting you down, trust me, you will get ussed to it and it will become part of your everyday life. In fact quite a challenge! (specially with a good attitude) If you are are type one and have been recently diagnosed, why try nicotinamide? It could make everything so much easier.

Whether you're 3 or 33, if you need any help with anything, if you want to ask me anything, if you want to make a diabetic friend (I DO!) or if you just want to chat about diabetes or something else PLEASE give me an e-mail I would love to hear from you!


Daniel can be reached via e-mail at

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