As mentioned in a previous post, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. A lot of people do not notice the importance of this. Diabetes impacts many people’s lives, including mine. I am not diagnosed with this, fortunately, however, my step-father and some of my best friend’s parents are diagnosed.
There are two different kinds of this, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 can occur at any age but is most commonly voted between infancy and late 30’s. When somebody is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it means that their pancreas produces little to no insulin. Insulin is a vital, as it regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times daily, or, they must continually infuse the insulin into the body through a pump.
Diabetes insulin pump
Type 2 diabetes typically occurs after age 40. However, this has started to appear in children. When a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is still able to produce insulin, but the body is not able to use it properly, or just does not produce enough. Instead of injecting the insulin into the body, people with type 2 control this disease with diet control, exercise, blood-glucose monitoring, and in some cases, oral prescriptions.
The cause of diabetes is not fully discovered yet, but they do know that both genes and environmental factors play a role. Some people believe that this is hereditary and that it usually occurs in families that have more than one person diagnosed.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes include extreme thirst, frequent need to urinate, drowsiness, sugar in urine, sudden vision changes, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath, heavy/ labored breathing, and unconsciousness. If one or more of these symptoms occurs in you, or one of your loved ones.
Diabetes is a constant battle. People that have been diagnosed with this have to constantly check their blood glucose level, watch what they eat, and scheduling and planning when they have to inject their insulin. Living with this is very painful, not only for the people that are diagnosed but also their friends and family.
I recently spoke with somebody who is very close to people with this disease. “Every night, I sleep with one eye open, and I worry every day”. She explained when asked how it is like living with somebody who has diabetes. She said that she is always scared for her life, that one day, she will wake up, and he will be having a sugar low. When someone has a sugar low, they lose all control of their body.