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The reasons behind this page are the people I meet hosting in a disabled chat room. They have so many different problems in their lives--things I can't even begin to understand. In some cases, I have never even heard of that particular illness. So this page is going to take care of that problem for me, and hopefully for others too.
I plan to include a brief explanation of the illnesses of my friends from the chats, a list of resources to learn more, and, if there is enough interest, the email addresses of people with these illnesses so that they can meet others who share their challenges.
So I begin this page with what I know best--LUPUS--the challenge that inhabits my life. Feel free to email me if you would like to be included on this page, or if you need information on something I forgot to include here. Thanks.


Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a type of self-allergy, where the patient's immune system creates antibodies which instead of protecting the body from bacteria & viruses attack the person's own body tissues. This causes symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anaemia, general malaise, & can result in the destruction of vital organs.

1300 Piccard Drive
Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 670-9292
(800) 558-0121



P.O. Box 64034
5512 - 4 Street N.W.
Alberta, T2K- 6J1
(403) 274-5599
(800) 661-1468


Lupus Multiplex Registry and Repository

Colorado Health Net Lupus Center

Lupus Around the World

Lupus Foundation of America, Suncoast Chapter

Cyndee's Lupus Page

Lupus Clinical Overview

Santa Barbara Lupus & Rheumatic Diseases Club

Missouri Lupus Resources

Missouri Chapter Lupus Foundation

A Fund-raising effort for lupus research

Lupus Foundation of America
Marcy Zitron Chapter

Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington

Lupus Foundation of America
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

The Lupus Chronicle

Lupus Site in Spanish

Lupus Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Kiel Center for Autoimmune Diseases

Ros's UK Lupus Site
One of the best lupus sites I have ever seen!

Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
Lupus Foundation of America

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Diabetes mellitus, a life-long disease for which there is not yet a cure, is related to problems with insulin secretion. Insulin is necessary for glucose to go from the blood to the inside of the cells. Unless the glucose gets into the cells, the body cannot use it for energy. The excess glucose remains in the blood, and is then removed by the kidneys. Symptoms of excessive thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and weight loss develop. There are several types of diabetes: type I diabetes, which requires total insulin replacement in order to live; type II diabetes, which is related to insulin resistance, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure; and gestational diabetes mellitus, which occurs during pregnancy. The two most common types are type I and type II.

Type I diabetes, an autoimmune disease, results when the pancreas produces insufficient amounts of insulin to meet the body's needs. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is necessary for cells to be able to use blood sugar (glucose). A trigger - either an illness or stress - causes the immune system to attack and destroy the beta cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for producing insulin in the pancreas. As a result the pancreas stops producing insulin.

Type II diabetes results when the pancreas produces insulin, but the cells are unable to use it efficiently; this effect is called insulin resistance. Type II diabetes is far more common than type I- approximately 90% of all diabetes cases are type II. There is a strong genetic predisposition for type II diabetes. Age, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle are also risk factors. The primary treatment for type II diabetes is increased activity and dietary modifications.

Diabetes affects up to 6% of the U.S. population.

American Diabetes Association
National Service Center
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone (800) 232-3472

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
120 Wallstreet
New York, NY 10005
Phone (212) 785-9500

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
One Information Way
Bethesda, MD 23560
Phone (301) 654-3327

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Lots of Diabetes Links





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