The campaign is conceived as a social experiment in which the three community ethics – Kristin Garklava, Magnuss Eriņš and Edgars Bāliņš – will try their daily routine to live and match the forces with diabetes, a role as musician, improvisational theater actor Nauris Brikmanis.
During the social experiment on 14 and 15 November, participants will have the chance to survive and, through various tasks and tests, enjoy the daily lives of diabetic patients on their skin – situations where diabetes is continuous without interruption, they feel step by step, surprising at times when it is least expected, largely preventing any human activity and behavior, and sometimes even creating inaccurate things, but also health and life-threatening moments.
"I would never have believed that patients with diabetes had to live constantly and be prepared to bear so many inconveniences. When I was dressed in thick clothes, I was able to enjoy heat spells – a typical situation when sudden increase in blood glucose increased patient diabetes began to heal more vigorously "on my skin", I felt it as a sudden drop in blood glucose, a diabetic patient experiencing visual impairment and examination of their levels uninterrupted sugar and continual carbohydrate counting … Considering all that these people have to meet every day, sympathy, understanding and the desire to support and help, says Kristin Garklava, a participant in the experiment, while she listens to her daily experiences with diabetes.
Diabetes, also known as "diabetes" in the nation, occurs when the body has a low insulin level. The number of patients with diabetes in Latvia has tripled in less than twenty years – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2001, 29,492 people were suffering from diabetes, while in 2017 it was already diagnosed with 91,571 of people. Unfortunately, a large proportion of the population does not understand the symptoms and the evolution of this disease and the importance of supporting the quality of everyday life of a diabetic patient, the sensitivity and ability to cope with critical situations.
People with diabetes need emotional and psychological support, people with knowledge and education every day, especially in educational institutions, in the practice of family doctors and local governments, as well as in diabetes management. "Information on Current Events in Treatment diabetes, state funding for disposable needles, strong sugar control and new technologies, available specialists, and the opportunity to share experiences and participate in training, "said Krista Teivane, The Diabetes Center in Latvia founder and leader, who was "lived" for diabetes for 28 years.
As Christ says, diabetic patients face few problems every day. Increased or decreased blood sugar may cause sweating, palpitations and weakness, hand and foot pain, sleepiness, loss of appetite or hunger, difficulty concentrating, confusion and disorientation, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness, increased heart rate, slowing down, speech and many other complications. Similarly, stress conditions, physical activity and air temperature can be affected by diabetic welfare. In addition, if high or low blood sugar is not removed, the patient with diabetes can even experience seizures, loss of constipation and consciousness. On the other hand, if you do not receive the necessary amount of insulin to ensure a low level of sugar, it can be poisoned with ketones (acetone), which can lead to death in the absence of medical assistance.
Doctors say that at first diabetes can be overlooked and is a very serious illness that can not be easily treated. "When it comes to diabetes, it is important to pay attention to your health every day and to constantly check your blood sugar levels. If you feel bad, a patient can easily fall into a variety of serious complications of the disease including failure visual, even blindness, damage to the nerves and blood vessels can cause leg amputation, cardiovascular disease and diabetic nephropathy or progressive kidney disease, "says Una Lauga-Tuinina, Endocrinologist at the University Children's Hospital for the health problems that may be caused of diabetes.
The social experiment can be followed The Diabetes Center in Latvia website and companies Facebook in your account. The Diabetes Center in Latvia is an association of patients dealing with patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, regularly organizing joint events, seminars, training, psychotherapeutic counseling and master, as well as creative contests for children and adults. The magazine was created under the umbrella of society Diabetes and luminosity.