Although diabetes is widespread in Latvia, the data provided by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that in 2017 in Latvia there were 91,571 diabetic patients and there are still various prejudices and myths about the disease and its patients in society. Also, a large proportion of people do not understand the symptoms and the evolution of this disease and the importance of helping people with diabetes in their daily lives, their sensitivity and their ability to cope with critical situations.
Most people are not even able to imagine the everyday life of a diabetic patient. In order to attract public attention to this disease, the Latvian Diabetes Center launched a social campaign "Stronger Than Diabetes", in which the etheric personality in the community is felt in the skin of patients, while diabetic patients – Krista Teivane and Rodrigo Uldriķis – I say openly about their experience.
Rodrigo Uldriq, 15, from Jelgava, presented Type 1 diabetes at 3 years of age. "I do not remember right from the start, I started to remember something about the age of 5, but I suppose parents were probably shocked," says Rodrigo, pointing out that diabetes is a disease that makes you feel cared about you think about your continued welfare. "I do not really know what the life of diabetes is. Every day I closely follow the level of sugar in the blood, I eat small sweets, I take insulin whenever I need it every day. I have experienced cases where sugar levels drop dramatically and increases as you get even indicators that can not be read by the specific sugar level meter. If you feel the reaction is slower, your vision is unclear, the head is rubbing, then I know something good should be done right away, said Rodrigo with her experience in diabetes. At the same time, diabetes was not an obstacle for a young man to abandon his sports activities, on the contrary: "I am very happy to be an athlete, I lead. At school, I run before the sport," says the young man.
Rodrigo's colleagues and other colleagues have already discovered and accepted the disease at school. "Class colleagues know I have diabetes, they were interested in her at first, but then they got used to it, and now they ignore it. In addition, miraculously, I never left the bad school," says Rodrigo. The guy is still young, he has not developed a variety of side effects and complications, and possibly because of his youth, even when he is the endless sugar of the athlete, which is a manifestation of diabetes.
By contrast, Krista Teivane, the founder and leader of the Diabetes Center in Latvia, who has lived 28 years of diabetes, has a different experience. "The sport is: if there is cardiovascular activity, the sugar level decreases, if exercise increases – the level of sugar increases. You have to rely on the greatest math all the time – how much you have to spit, how much you have eaten you run when you stop, during the hot period, the sugar falls, the stress rises – from whatever action we take, the sugar level changes, you can not relax for a moment, you can not go out without insulin spraying or with a measuring device If you know that after two hours of exercise, you have to squeeze it a little, but you have to think about what to eat, which you eat carbohydrates.In my case there is a constant stress, "fight" Against Diabetes, "says Christ.
Diabetes is a disease that can not be seen by people many times. "Of course people around me who do not know me even if they do not know I have diabetes But I can not relax for a moment even at night There's got to be an alarm, you have to go, sometimes even three or four times, sugar must be measured Of course so I can sleep all night and not measure anything But I had time to wake up from being bad Fortunately I woke up all the time If it were not, there would be a hypoglycemic coma that would lead to severe brain injuries and may even die, "this is Christ. She admits she does not resist her feelings and control over the disease over the life, however, health problems can get worse at any time.
If a person has ever heard about the symptoms of diabetes, this is an opportunity to protect people close to you. Even if they are only suspected, it is important to tell them to the doctor. Can be rescued from admission. When a person does not have insulin, the energy we eat while we eat reaches the body but does not reach the target – as a result, the cells are hungry, but more sugar circulates in the blood. This results in a natural reaction to the body – thirst for the dilution of sweet blood. As the cells are hungry, a person eats much, but feels tired and loses weight. Extremely strong thirst has to be taken into account at night. Also, children should be worried – weight loss is never the norm unless it is tried with the aim, especially for growing children.
"It was a case," recalls Christ, "the family doctor measures the baby's sugar level and the device shows" Hi. "Once," Hi, "the second time" Good ", the doctor asks and does not understand and judges that Something is going to crash. It means "big," so high a sugar level that it goes out of the device display ("big" – high, "hi" – salut in English). While sending blood samples to the lab, the child lost consciousness and entered the hospital. Even physicians do not have information about signs of diabetes, and people do not know what to do in such situations. "
Latvian children have basic cases for patients with diabetes, but the Lavija diabetes center recognizes that decision-makers should focus on the need for appropriate compensation for medical products. Adults are compensated for only 75%, but this is not limited to insulin. At the pharmacy, each needle is given with a needle that has to work for a few weeks or even a month, although it should be changed daily. Also with measuring tapes. There are also sensors that take the skin with a needle, enter the intracellular fluid, scan it, and then analyze it on a special screen, allowing you to identify your sugar level and, most importantly, the trend. Such a device costs about 160 euros per month – only for the measurements itself.
Children's Hospital offers "Diabetes School" training courses where children, their parents and others can learn how to live with diabetes. Doctors admit that special schools, schools and kindergartens may face situations where people with diabetes are trying to create a special place. "It is important to explain this, to talk about it, maybe a campaign will not make a complete change, but it will surely reach its hearts, rejecting prejudices and fears, not only will you improve the quality of a person's life, but you can save someone's life, "reminds the head of the association. .
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