Yesterday I did a little searching on this very annoying problem of Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum (NLD) on my legs and came across an article from 2009 citing a very small study done of patients who had differing pancreas transplants and the effects of the transplants on the NLD condition.  Around half the patients receiving pancreas transplants showed marked improvement within 2-8 weeks.

I’d Like Your Finest Pancreas, Please

I’m not running out to the pancreas store to get in line, but I did find it interesting that in this very limited group (15 people) there appeared to be some correlation between the properly-functioning pancreas and the improvement of NLD.  It prompted me to wonder about my own pancreas health.

When I was diagnosed with NLD (or NL in my case) my doctors checked out blood sugar, assuming I was diabetic or pre-diabetic.  However, this was not the case.  So far my blood glucose levels have been normal over the years since the diagnosis.  But one test did show fatty liver disease, and I have been overweight for these years, so I’m beginning to wonder if all these signs point to issues processing sugar.

What?  You Mean I’ve Wasted My Time Being Healthy?

Bottom line, if improving the way my body handles sugar (or making it handle less of it) never helps my NLD, it’s still a healthy way to live.  While eating real fruit and veggies and holding off on grains may never heal the necrobiosis lipoidica, passing the next time the bread plate comes around might not be the stupidest idea i hever had.

Resources

NIH: Does pancreas transplant in diabetic patients affect the evolution of necrobiosis lipoidica?

PanCAN: What is the Pancreas

WikiPedia: Pancreas

The Model Health Show Podcast: Podcast on reducing or preventing insulin resistance.

This is a really interesting episode, with information on reversing problems with insulin sensitivity. Walk.  Lift weights.  Stay Hydrated.  Grain is sugar.  Pretty basic info presented in an understandable way.

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