DEALING WITH DIABETES
By: Michelle Harripersadth
One of the most difficult things to come to terms with is dealing with a lifelong illness. As time goes by, people often push their emotions aside and try to avoid dealing with the fact that they have an illness.
Everyone reacts differently when they find out that they have diabetes; you may feel overwhelmed, sad, afraid and even angry. Each case is different and even if an individual hides their feelings, it does not mean that they are not dealing with the news without difficulty.
Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 Diabetes your body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, usually leading to a total failure to produce insulin. It usually starts in children or young adults who are thin, but there is no age limit. Without insulin, your body cannot control your blood’s sugar levels and without insulin, you can die. People with Type 1 Diabetes are required to give themselves at least one shot of insulin every day.
Type 2 Diabetes is non-insulin-dependent. Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. It is the most common type of diabetes. Nine out of ten cases of diabetes are Type 2. It usually occurs in people over 45 and who are overweight. When you have Type2 Diabetes it is either your body does not make enough insulin or your body still makes insulin but it cannot be used properly. Without enough insulin, your body cannot move blood sugar into the cells.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Type 1 Dabietes: There are multiple symptoms that can be detected at an early stage like high levels of sugar in the blood as well as high levels of sugar in the urine. Frequent urination, extreme hunger, extreme thirst, weight loss and weakness are also signs of Type 1 Diabetes. Other related symptoms may include:
- Feeling edgy and having mood changes.
- Feeling sick to your stomach and vomiting.
Type 2 Diabetes often develops slowly. Most people who get it have increased thirst and an increased need to urinate. Many also feel edgy, tired, and sick. Some people have an increased appetite, but they lose weight.
Other signs and symptoms are:
- Repeated or hard-to-heal infections of the skin, gums, vagina, or bladder.
- Blurred vision.
- Tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet.
- Dry, itchy skin.
There are multiple things that people can do to prevent diabetes like eating more healthily and excercising regularly. It seems like easy solutions but it is extremely effective. Other suggestions may include lowering your blood sugar and consuming as much fiber as you can.
Although diabetes is a lifelong disease it is not impossible to lead a normal healthy life. People often assume that once they are diagnosed with diabetes, be it type 1 or type 2 their life is over and that they can never be the same again. This stereotype is not true. Hundreds if not thousands of people around the world are a testament to that.