Although diabetes is widespread in Latvia, data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control show that in 2017 there were 91,571 diabetic diseases in Latvia, and there are still various prejudices and myths about the disease and its patients in society in the society. Similarly, a significant proportion of people do not understand the symptoms and progress of this disease, as well as the importance of supporting people with diabetes in their daily lives, their sensitivity and ability to cope with critical situations.
Most people are not even able to imagine the daily life of a patient with diabetes. In order to attract public attention to this disease, the Latvian Diabetic Center launched a social campaign “Stronger than Diabetes”, in which the personality of the ether in the community is felt on the skin of patients, and patients with diabetes – Krista Teivan and Rodrigo Uldrish – openly talk about their experiences.
Rodrigo Uldrik, 15 years old, from Jelgava, type 1 diabetes was found at the age of 3 years. “I don’t remember the very beginning, I started to remember something about the age of 5 years, but I suppose that your parents were probably in shock,” says Rodrigo, indicating that diabetes is a disease that makes you care and constantly think about your well-being. “I do not know what the life of diabetes is. Every day I watch my blood sugar levels carefully, eat small sweets, I take insulin as often as I need it every day. I have experienced cases where the level of sugar drops sharply and as it arrives, even indicators that cannot be read by a specific measuring instrument for measuring sugar levels increase. If you feel that the reaction is slower, your eyesight is blurry, your head is grieving, then I know that something good needs to be done right away, ”Rodrigo said with his experience of diabetes. At the same time, diabetes did not become an obstacle for a young man to give up his sports activities, on the contrary: “I am very happy to be an athlete, to drive. At school, I am ahead of the sport, ”says the young man.
Rodrigo's classmates and other peers have already discovered and accepted his illness at school. “Classmates know that I have diabetes, at first they were interested in him, but then they got used to it, and now they ignore it. Also, by a miracle, I never left school badly, ”says Rodrigo. The guy is still young, he has not developed many side effects and complications, and, perhaps, because of his youth, even when he is not baked sugar, which is a manifestation of diabetes.
On the contrary, Krista Teivan, founder and leader of the Latvian Diabetes Center, who has been living with diabetes for 28 years, has a different experience. “Sport: if there is cardiovascular activity, the sugar level drops, if the forces are active, the sugar level rises. You have to rely on the highest math all the time – how much you need to sprinkle, how much you ate, how long you run when you stopped. that in a hot period, sugar falls, stress rises – the level of sugar changes from each action we take. You cannot relax for a moment, you cannot exit without an insulin spray or measuring device. Stay with friends only when you have enough. If you know that after two hours of exercise, you need to squeeze it a little, but you have to think what to eat, what carbohydrates you take. In my case, this is a constant stress, “your” struggle with diabetes – says Christ.
Diabetes is a disease that people often cannot notice. “Of course, people around me who do not know me, even if I do not know that I have diabetes, but I cannot relax for a moment, even at night. Alarms must be made, you have to go up, sometimes even three or four times, sugar needs to be measured. Of course, I can sleep all night and measure nothing. But I also had time to wake up from bad things. Fortunately, I woke up all the time. If this were not the case, there would be a hypoglycemic coma, leading to serious brain damage, and could also die, “this is Christ. She admits that she does not resist her feelings and control over the disease during her lifetime, but health problems can worsen at any moment.
If a person has ever heard of the symptoms of diabetes, this is an opportunity to protect loved ones. Even if they are only suspected, it is important to be able to tell them to the doctor. It can be saved from hospitalization. When a person lacks insulin, the energy we eat while eating enters the body, but does not reach the goal – as a result, the cells starve, but more sugar circulates in the blood. It also leads to a natural reaction of the body — a pronounced thirst for diluting sweet blood. Since the cells are hungry, a person eats a lot, but feels tired and slimming. Especially expressed thirst must be taken into account at night. Children should also be carefree – weight loss is never the norm unless it is intended, especially for children growing up.
“There was a case,” Christ recalls, “a family doctor measures the level of sugar in a child, and the device shows“ Hello. ” Once “Hello”, the second time “Hello”, the doctor is surprised and does not understand, and judges that something will collapse. This means “high”, so high sugar levels that it is disconnected from the display of the device (“High” – high, “hi” – hi in English). Sending blood samples to the laboratory, the child lost consciousness and entered the hospital. Even doctors have no information about the symptoms of diabetes, and people do not know what to do in such situations. ”
Children in Latvia have major cases for patients with diabetes, but the Lavija Diabetes Center recognizes that decision makers should focus on the need for adequate compensation for medical products. Only 75 percent is compensated for adults, but this is not limited to insulin. In a pharmacy, each needle is given with one needle, which should work for several weeks or even a month, although it should be changed daily. Also with measuring strips. There are also sensors that take off the skin with a needle, penetrate the intracellular fluid, look at it, and then analyze it on a special screen, allowing you to indicate the level of sugar and, most importantly, the trend. Such a device costs about 160 euros per month – only for measurements alone.
The Children's Hospital offers diabetes education, where children, their parents and other people can learn how to live with diabetes. Doctors admit that special schools, schools and kindergartens may still face situations where people with diabetes are trying to create a special place. “It is important to explain this, talk about it, maybe one campaign will not make major changes yet, but it will surely cover the heart. By discarding prejudices and fears, you will not only improve the quality of a person’s life, but also be able to save someone’s life, ”recalls the head of the association. ,
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