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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD TlMMtay, OctOtwr I, 1S74 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb After 21 years of G forces in fighter aircraft I developed boils of the buttocks. A sugar tolerance test was normal enough to remain on flying status, although the flight sur- geon suspected diabetes. Ten years and numerous boils later, another sugar test resulted in hospitalization for regulation of diabetes. The problem was quickly controll- ed by a 1200 calorie diet. I lost 10 pounds and stayed at that level. I'm six feet tall and weigh 165 pounds. My urine tests are usually negative. The last infection took over a year to heal. My last fasting blood sugar test during this problem was 120. The blood sugar levels and the boils are the only evidence of diabetes I have had I have also observed that positive urine tests can be avoided by taking a stiff shot of bourbon. A doctor friend told me it was because alcohol stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin. If this is true, perhaps some diabetics using oral medication might prefer to control their condi- tion in this manner. I'd appreciate your comments. Dear Reader Your letter is interesting from several points. First, frequent boils anywhere often suggest the underlying problem of diabetes. Anyone who has them should be evaluated for diabetes. Second, an infection will make diabetes more severe or it will cause a person who appears to be normal (but is really a diabetic) to have an abnormal diabetes test. Any stress, which includes infec- tions, infectious illnesses, ac- cidents, physical injury or even emotional shock, can un- mask an underlying problem of diabetes Third, your weight reduc- tion reversed your abnormal findings and demonstrates a truth in the management of many diabetics About half of all diabetics, at least in their earlier stages, can be manag- ed quite well with simple weight reduction. Of course the advanced diabetic with loss is quite another problem Many diabetics do not need oral pills. They'need a diet, and they need to stay on it until it accomplishes the goal the doctor sets. Fourth, you had no symp- toms of diabetes (except the At least half of all diabetics cannot be diagnosed without a blood test, preferably a tolerance test or at least a blood test after eating (as opposed to a fasting test alone of one blood Mow about the alcohol. It is true that alcohol will lower blood sugar. BUT it does so in a harmful way. A normal person who drinks too much will have a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) the next mor- ning. It is part of the picture of a severe hangover. Alcohol interferes with the normal enzyme mechanism in the liver that you need to convert proteins into glucose. It is also a way to increase the fatty deposits in the liver caused by using fat alone for energy. Diabetics often develop fat-' ty liver anyway, if not proper- ly treated. The consumption of alcohol only makes this worse and causes it to occur earlier. I cannot condemn too strongly the indiscriminate use of alcohol in diabetics. The low blood sugar effect of alcohol is sometimes called "smoke which is a slang term but which is descriptive. Send your, questions to Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 151, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. '10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on low blood sugar, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "low Blood Sugar" booklet. Flashback 1776 Spanish Mission founded at San Francisco. 1871 The Great Chicago Fire began. It cost 250 lives and destroyed million worth of property. 1912 The Balkan Alliance Bulgaria, Montenegro and Greece declared war with Turkey It lasted until Dec. 3. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN W4, TIM Cfcicno Tribm North-South vulnerable. South deals NORTH AK10 A 103 4KQ865 WEST EAST 4Q864 J7642 4J1092 4743 SOUTH AKJ10732 K5 A The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 2 Pass 4 Pass 4 NT Pass 5V Pass 5 NT Pass 6 V Pass 7 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Jack of South refused to surren- der when faced by a bad break, and found a daring line that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. South's jump to four spades described his hand accurately values and a powerful suit. North need- ed to hear no more to launch into Biackwood. When he found his side held all the aces and he chose to uamblc on the -solidity of his partner's suit, and ventured a grand slant in spades. When dummy came down, South was ralher distressed lo find that his contract hinged on not losing a trump 1nck, missing four Jhe (juren. looking at all the hands, jj is USLY MOU USE SITTING, A ON TOWEL? HAGAR THE HORRIBLE YOLJ WAMTED 50UP WELL, JUST PULL IT OUT FROM UNDER JEETLE BAILEY FOUND A PLACE WHERE I CAN BUY NAME-BRAND COOKIE DONT YOU GET A LOT OP ITLABNER TUMBLEWEEDS F V AfJt> V HOPE TH' i POU0T IF YOU HA INT MOREN CAM IT- TMASS WHY ARE VOU MAP AT HAM, BEANS? PACK W TOW THE STUPIP OOP f LOAP HOUR ON THE ;