Hamil­ton Di­a­betes and En­docrinol­ogy Cen­ter pa­tient has been liv­ing well with di­a­betes for more than 80 years

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DAL­TON, Ga. – In 1934, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt was pres­i­dent, the Great De­pres­sion con­tin­ued to rav­age the U.S. econ­omy and the St. Louis Car­di­nals de­feated the Detroit Tigers in the World Se­ries. In Colum­bus, Kans., a 2- year- old tod­dler, Frank Newby, was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes mel­li­tus. Life ex­pectancy in the 1930s for some­one with di­a­betes typ­i­cally av­er­aged 35 to 40 years of age.

Now at 85 years old, Newby, a Hamil­ton Di­a­betes and En­docrinol­ogy Cen­ter pa­tient, says his great­est suc­cess with man­ag­ing di­a­betes is, “Stay­ing alive, and that all of my ex­trem­i­ties are work­ing just fine.”

At a young age, he chose to learn as much as pos­si­ble to live a suc­cess­ful healthy life with di­a­betes. At age 7, he be­gan learn­ing the sci­ence be­hind di­a­betes, in­clud­ing the cause and ef­fect re­la­tion­ship.

At the time of his di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and man­age­ment of type 1 di­a­betes re­mained in its in­fancy and was lim­ited. Blood glu­cose me­ters did not ex­ist, and a process known as Bene­dict’s test­ing was the only ap­proved method of glu­cose test­ing. Dis­pos­able in­sulin sy­ringes were not yet de­vel­oped, so Newby used a non- dis­pos­able glass sy­ringe and nee­dle. Each day, the sy­ringe re­quired ster­il­iza­tion through means of boil­ing dis­tilled wa­ter and sharp­en­ing the nee­dle with a very fine pumice stone. Newby’s mother pro­vided healthy meals and placed him on a strict di­etary reg­i­men.

Life ex­pectancy in the 1930s for some­one with di­a­betes typ­i­cally av­er­aged 35 to 40 years of age.

In the 1980s, Newby be­gan us­ing home blood glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing which rev­o­lu­tion­ized his di­a­betes care. He was able to ad­min­is­ter in­sulin more ac­cu­rately and pre­cisely, know­ing his ex­act blood glu­cose read­ings. Newby im­ple­mented in­sulin pump ther­apy ap­prox­i­mately 15 years ago and now uses a con­tin­u­ous glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing de­vice which is in­te­grated with his in­sulin pump. In­sulin pump ther­apy al­lowed him to en­joy a larger va­ri­ety of foods.

De­spite the mul­ti­ple chal­lenges Newby faced with di­a­betes, he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in chem­istry from the Univer­sity of Kansas and later re­ceived his PhD in 1963. He has cre­ated an en­dowed schol­ar­ship fund for un­der­grad­u­ates in phys­i­cal sci­ence ( chem­istry, chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, physics and ma­te­rial sci­ence) at the school.

Newby re­ceived a di­a­betes medal from the Joslin Di­a­betes Cen­ter in Bos­ton, Mass., in 2010 for recog­ni­tion of 75 years of “Ex­cep­tional Achieve­ment in Liv­ing Coura­geously with Di­a­betes.” In 2017, he also re­ceived an “Out­stand­ing Life­time Achieve­ment” award from the Joslin Di­a­betes Cen­ter for the 80- plus years of “Liv­ing Coura­geously with Di­a­betes.”

Newby’s advice to in­di­vid­u­als newly di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes is to avoid pan­ick­ing and learn as much as pos­si­ble con­cern­ing di­a­betes while work­ing in con­junc­tion with your health care team. Learn­ing to count car­bo­hy­drates ac­cu­rately and dose in­sulin con­tin­ues to be the cor­ner­stone of ef­fec­tive glu­cose control for Newby.

Newby lives in Dal­ton with his fam­ily and en­joys wood­work­ing, draw­ing and sketch­ing plans for his wood­work­ing hobby. He also en­joys read­ing and ex­pand­ing his knowl­edge re­gard­ing the evo­lu­tion and de­vel­op­ment of im­prov­ing tech­nol­ogy and sci­ence. His pri­mary goal is to re­main phys­i­cally ac­tive as much as pos­si­ble and to con­tinue his jour­ney of liv­ing life suc­cess­fully with di­a­betes.

“Dr. Newby’s ded­i­ca­tion has truly been an in­spi­ra­tion to me as well as ev­ery­one within our prac­tice,” says Brooke Green, NP-C. “It is my hope that Dr. Newby’s story will en­cour­age and mo­ti­vate in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with di­a­betes in our com­mu­nity.”

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