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TNET: Diabetes diagnosis changes outlook for Darnell Jefferies

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Feb 3, 2020, 8:07 AM

 
Diabetes diagnosis changes outlook for Darnell Jefferies

simple prick of the finger might have saved Darnell Jefferies’ life. Jefferies, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle out of Covington, Ga., struggled to maintain his weight during his first 18 months on campus, dropping as low as 260 pounds prior to the start of last summer. Full Story »


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Good thing it was caught! Hope he overcomes this adversity

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Feb 3, 2020, 8:30 AM

Tough break, but he is lucky to be surrounded by so many caring people.

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Feb 3, 2020, 8:41 AM

Just wondering why this wasn't caught earlier. Don't they give these guys physicals including blood work? Seems the medical staff would have caught it.

In any case, glad you're back on track, big guy. Looking forward to seeing you on the field this year.

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Feb 3, 2020, 1:20 PM

I met Darnell's uncle at Myrtle Beach about 2 years ago, and he had signed with Clemson a few weeks prior. The uncle was a really nice guy, and we talked for a few minutes.

He said that he had made all of the school visits with Darnell, and Clemson's recruiting processes were far above all of the other schools. He said that there was no comparison to the way Dabo and his staff handled things vs other coaching staffs.

It was nice to hear that even though I already knew it.

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Glad he is ok. It could’ve been real bad. Kind of figured the medical

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Feb 3, 2020, 9:03 AM

Staff would have caught it as well. I always thought it wasn’t good to be a heavy diabetic? Hope he keeps improving. I think he has all the tools to be a force in the middle

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Feb 3, 2020, 9:07 AM

I found out I was Type 1 when I was 12 years old. I played sports year around my whole life. Type 2 is a little easier to manage as they can take pills and regulate with diet, where as Type 1 is insulin dependent. It makes everything in life more difficult having to worry about how many carbs you’ve eaten vs your current blood sugar vs how much insulin you took/need. It can be managed! I think sometimes that it makes the rest of life seem easy because it is so difficult to deal with until you get used to it.

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I wonder how we didn’t catch this sooner?

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Feb 3, 2020, 9:13 AM

I’m in no way knocking our medical staff just very curious. I would have thought we would have learned about this pretty much as soon as he enrolled and went through our physicals and stuff.

Maybe someone with diabetes or more info on our football medical staff could give us some info on procedures and stuff.
TIA if you do.

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:08 AM

Type I diabetes in young people usually presents with weight loss and a sudden episode of very high blood sugar (ketoacidosis). Impossible to detect early on as the blood sugars are usually normal. He will be fine. High protein diet will be in order.

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Feb 3, 2020, 11:01 AM

The article states he has Type 2 diabetes. I must admit the description didn't sound like a Type 2 scenario. So, is the article wrong?

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Feb 3, 2020, 1:16 PM

I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at age 23. The drastic weight loss and extremely high blood glucose sounds like Type 1 to me. When I was diagnosed, I’d lost 25 pounds and my A1C was a 12, which is double what it should be. Hopefully, the physicians have diagnosed him correctly. Maybe they want to see if it can be managed with diet and exercise first?
Prayers and best of luck to Darnell, it takes a lot of discipline and patience to manage this disease that is so often overlooked and not taken seriously. He can do it, though! He’s got a staff of doctors, nutritionists, and coaches that will help him through this and learn how to take care of himself.

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:08 AM

Type I diabetes in young people usually presents with weight loss and a sudden episode of very high blood sugar (ketoacidosis). Impossible to detect early on as the blood sugars are usually normal. He will be fine. High protein diet will be in order.

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Feb 3, 2020, 12:43 PM

My wife is a nurse and got to the same point before I MADE her see a doctor. Her number was over 500. She's now a type I at age 50. I think one tends to deny that it's something that's life changing happening to them. As much as she suffered, cramped, vision haywire, weak, tired, it was I believe a denial thing. Thank God we caught it in time. One tends to suffer in secret. Wish him well.

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:26 PM

The initial onset of symptoms can be pretty rapid so the window for detection on the front end can be short.

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Glad it was caught, but I can't help but think that he

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Feb 3, 2020, 9:23 AM

should drop football and drop another 60 pounds. 260 is a lot of weight for a human. There is no way this is healthy. Perhaps if he dropped weight the Type II might go away.

I found it a bit jarring that a young man at 260lbs. was deemed too small to play football. That would be starting NFL lineman weight back in the 80s.

At what point does the bulked up arms race end?

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Feb 3, 2020, 9:41 AM

I'm not a doctor, but I would assume that when he had his physical the sugar level was fine.

I had A-Fib, but doctors didn't know what was wrong with me until I actually went in while it was happening. It was off and on all the time and every time I had been at the doctor about why I was feeling bad, my heart would be acting normal.

That has to be the explanation. His blood was probably at a normal level at the time.

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:37 AM

I’m glad he is a Tiger. Some schools would take the scholarship and send the player home for treatment. Just another reason to commit to Clemson because they commit to you. Go Tigers

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Just like a democrat to tell people how to live their life***

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:49 AM



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Just like a mental midget to shoehorn their politics into a

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Feb 3, 2020, 4:57 PM

non-political discussion.

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Feb 3, 2020, 11:09 AM

I have to agree on the weight loss They would probably be carb loading to gain weight not good for a diabetic. I was misdiagnosed for 8 years while they treated me for west Nile by the time I found out I was about to lose a foot and ended up losing my sight. After surgery to reattach a retina and many injections and laser treatments I can now watch football again. I have to sit three feet from my 65 inch screen but it’s worth it. I think if I could talk with Mr Jeffries I would suggest keto diet and fasting instead of shots and pills. He would drop weight but could reverse his type 2. The pills and shots cover up the real problems and don’t stop the damage being done to heart liver kidneys or eyes. Type 2 is a symptom of to much carbs sugar and processed foods.

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Feb 3, 2020, 11:27 PM

I’ve had diabetes for 22 years and I weigh 260. My A1C has been in between 5.8 - 6.8( nearly perfect for diabetics) for over 10 years. The weight doesn’t matter as much as what you eat and your body composition.

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Feb 3, 2020, 10:58 AM

Seems strange with the family history this wasn’t tested or atleast asked about by the training staff. I wonder if the blood sugar level was borderline until they put him on the weight gain diet. Maybe that tipped the blood sugar and inability to regulate into the type II situation.

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Feb 3, 2020, 12:34 PM

I'm a type 2 diabetic, if your not a diabetic you don't have a clue of just how hard it is to keep your sugar regulated to keep safe numbers. I know that with me, I find myself having to make adjustments with my insulin daily bc it is very hard to keep those glucose numbers close to 150 where my my Dr tells me I need to do. Just before reading this article, I told my wife that I felt like crap, and her next step was coming at me with that dreaded hated testing kit bc I hate punching holes in myself to get a drop of blood, and my glucose numbers was 323. My usual fix of insulin is 40 units twice daily, but I had to take 45 units this morning bc my sugar was so high. The big ### kicker here is, try affording the monthly cost of insulin when you live on a fixed income and medicare supplement insurance.

My out of pocket cost just for my insulin is over $200. buck a month. I tell everybody that my wife and I know that we are close to, especially the younger ones, that whatever they are putting away in a retirement plan, that it isn't enough and to put more in bc when they retire they don't know now what they're medical condition will be at 67. Medicare with the better supplement insurance won't be enough to cover medication cost with the way our government allows pharmaceutical companies to ravage and deplete the elderly income.

Our Government could stop and regulate pharmaceuticals with their preposterous insane inflated prices. Most elderly die before they ever regain half of all the money they paid into Social Security that's deducted from their weekly wages over a lifetime. They take whatever was left that you paid in, and frivolously spend it funding wars for other countries over raising the amount the retired or disabled elderly get that doesn't take care of our own, with most having to choose between eating a healthy diet to live longer, or do without their medication that helps them live longer.

The elderly that has already worked most of their life helping to build America, they are now the forgotten useless citizens that has paid the price for their care when they turn 67. But over doing the right thing with the money paid in by our seniors, it is being used for funding other countries and their wants, and the illegals coming into this country that our government allow them better care than the ones that has long ago earned it, but can't get it bc they don't qualify to receive a little more of what they paid in a lifetime ago.

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Feb 3, 2020, 1:12 PM

Your are on the same roller coaster I was for eight years. Ask your doctor about a Dexcom g6 monitor the insight you gain will be invaluable. Any A1C over 5.6 is still damaging your eyes and organs. Insulin will increase your blood pressure. I got a dexcom in August and switched to keto diet my doctor has taken me off all shots and pills and is happy with my blood work. After eight years of three shots a day and checking sugar six or seven times a day I hope to never require that again.

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Feb 3, 2020, 1:28 PM

Thanks for the info, will do!!!

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Feb 4, 2020, 5:04 AM

I was diagnosed 2 years ago that I’m Type-2 and thankfully I’m a veteran and it’s paid for but for the civilians out there insulin is expensive especially Lantus it’s almost $600 a month last time I checked. And in other countries it’s not even close to $70. But as the pharmaceutical companies say, “ A cured patient is a lost customer.” Sad ??

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I had a physical and all was fine....

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Feb 3, 2020, 12:41 PM

Blood sugar and A1C. Two months later I started with blurry vision and found out my sugar was through the roof. A1C had almost doubled. In 2 months?!?! I had not changed anything during that time. All is well now...but scary at first.

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Lord be with you Darnell...****

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Feb 3, 2020, 1:39 PM



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Feb 3, 2020, 10:23 PM

For those posters out there with children/teenagers in your family if you notice excessive weight loss in a short amount of time, excessive urination, dehydration (due to excessive urination), lack of energy/fatigue (even though they have had adequate rest/sleep), vision problems/blurry vision, you need to get them to your doctor asap.
The first four symptoms are what popped up quickly for our oldest at 13, which in a young person at that age is sometimes hard to differentiate between normal growth changes and something more serious. The weight loss time frame was the final straw as far as making the doctor visit.
He is 25 now and after the initial years of testing and shots (Type 1) and the adjustment to using a pump ($$$$) he is doing well.
The amazing thing is the amount of abuse that the pumps will take and keep on functioning.
Keep a close eye on on the younger ones because with Type 1 a family history of being free of diabetes doesn’t mean anything and body mass or weight isn’t an indicator. Anyone can get it. I’m not sure if the stat still holds true but at the time it was the most diagnosed disease in children.
At the time before they would release him they had a policy of you learning how to give him a shot and he gave us one. That really drove home the fact that this was real.
It sounds like Darnell has very good support and that makes a big difference.
Take care y’all!
GO TIGERS!

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Feb 4, 2020, 2:35 PM

Glad he found out sooner rather than later. this is a really fine young man who deserves the best. Maybe he will be able to flourish now.

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Feb 4, 2020, 4:21 PM

it runs in families ai got it.

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