Family of Larry H. Miller donates $5.3M to University of Utah to fight diabetes

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  • BigDL South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 1:49 p.m.

    So grateful to the Miller family for their constant goodness and generosity to our community. I'm especially grateful they're joining the fight against diabetes and its chronic effects on the health of so many family and friends. It's personal, because it affects us all, whether we have it or not.

    Just as in Larry's case, it's largely preventable, and definitely controllable with proper diet and exercise. The trouble for most of us is the need for sweets, treats, and sodas made with addicting refined added-sugars. The drive for good taste can override our willpower, rational thinking, and best intentions.

    The hopeful news is that there are new scientific advances in extracting natural rare sugars (e.g., D-allulose/D-psicose, etc.) that offer the taste we crave, but are non-caloric and non-glycemic (i.e., won't raise blood sugar). These sugars can satisfy our sweet-tooth without derailing a healthy diet. Diabetes won't be fully tackled until we finally address the added-sugars in our diet with healthier, better-for-you sweeteners.

    How can we learn more about the Miller's "Driving Out Diabetes" campaign? Many of us would like to add our expertise and experience to join the fight.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 12:50 a.m.

    I am a 1st cousin of Larry H Miller, just a month shy, myself, of turning 64. I, too, am diabetic, and have, most of this year, been suffering from the ill effects of diabetes. I almost lost my foot midway through this year.

    2 of my 7 siblings (at least) also have diabetes. Both have been better than me at controlling it. Another sister has told me she has been border-line diabetic, but has staved it off with daily exercise (80 minutes daily), along with changes & discipline in her diet.

    I applaud Gail & her family in their efforts to help people fight a plague caused much by lack of physical activity & diet.

    Changing one's lifestyle does not generally occur by a doctor just diagnosing a disease. Telling a person they need to change what they eat is often as easy to do for a person as being told they can no longer enjoy intimacy anymore with their spouse. Desires & drives need to be gently, but kindly & firmly redirected. Ultimately they must be self-redirected. Giving up potatoes or bread, etc, is not an easy thing to suddenly change.

    My doctor has told me to lose weight, but he is overweight like me. I wonder if he could change on a dime if he were diagnosed with diabetes.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 5:50 p.m.

    Seeing Larry H. Miller on New Years Eve day at the Huntsman Cancer Center in 2008 was not a happy day for him. Thanks for the Huntsman and Miller families for donating to such a worth cause in Utah and the University professionals.

  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 5:11 p.m.

    It's wonderful that the Miller family/corporation gives of their monies to help others. So nice to see those who "have" give to those who "need" help in these kinds of circumstances. Good job!