That bump you see underneath my shirt is not my cell phone, but my insulin pump. The scars on my finger tips aren’t freckles, but scars from testing my blood sugar over and over each day. I am just your average teenager when it comes to school, family, and friends. But when it comes to my health, I am not so average. I face the not-so-average questions of, “Why do you have a wire hanging from your hip?”, “Do you need to go shoot up your drugs?”, and the best one yet- “You eat salad everyday. how did you get diabetes? You’re so skinny, I don’t understand!” Yes, I eat salad. Yes, I am in good shape. And yes, I do have diabetes. I am a Type 1 Diabetic. “Well, can’t you just work out or eat healthier and you won’t have to deal with it anymore?”, …show more content…
My older sister, Maggie, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of eight, but I remained uneducated. I worried about Maggie, but I wasn’t sure why? Then, two years ago I when I was diagnosed, I got crash course! Up until freshman year, I still asked my mom which type of Diabetes Maggie had-- 1 or 2. There is nothing more frustrating then being asked that question when you’re a Type 1 Diabetic. The fact that I used to ask that question truly makes me upset now. Why did I never take the time to learn what was wrong with the person I looked up to the most? Unfortunately, I’ve learned far too quickly what the life of a Diabetic is like, and I would not wish it upon my worst …show more content…
Diabetes instantaneously made that phrase my reality.. I like to call this story, the worst day of my life. My nerves were already on edge because I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled. When I came home from the surgery, I felt horrible. Getting out of bed was an ordeal; my body felt lousy. Even though I could eat all the ice cream I wanted, I just asked for more and more water. Considering I’m an ice cream addict, my mom found this very odd. She also noticed some symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, one of them being increased thirst. The next time she came in to check on me, she had my sister’s blood sugar test kit. My heart started pounding. “What are you trying to do with that!!!”I kept asking. My mom tried to calm me down by saying she just wanted to see something, but that did not calm me down as I continued to keep pulling my hand away. She pricked my finger, and I knew in three seconds my life would change drastically. “Beep!” my heart stopped for a second as I watched my mother’s face go from anxious to distraught. My blood sugar was at 245. A non-Diabetic average should be 70-130. I burst into tears, panicking, not knowing if I had diabetes or if this could be another disease. “I don 't want to die. I don 't want anything wrong with me,” I kept screaming, while sobbing into my father’s arms. My dad kept reassuring me that I would be okay. I just wanted to sleep at this point, but little did I know I
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I attended the event titled Unnatural Causes Bad Sugar on Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. The event centered on the ways in which many factors influence people’s lives and significantly impact health. The first part of the event centered on watching a short video that focused on the damage to health that Native American tribes faced after they lost their water. There was a large increase in the amount of Native Americans who got diabetes and who were dying. It was thought that biology and genes were one of the main causes behind the increase in diabetes, but in reality there were many other factors. Geographic location, social and economic class status, and income level has an impact on a person’s health.
Background: In 2007, the Rio Grande Valley area doctors and business leaders formed an association called as the Rio Grande Valley Association of Diabetes (RGVAD) which aims to provide the awareness on diabetes to the residents from Hidalgo County. RGVAD provides programs and services that focus specifically for the areas in Hidalgo County and guarantees that all grants created by this association are used by the people or residents of the Rio Grande Valley region. In recent years, Diabetes has affect approximately 18 million people which is about 9% of the population in the United States. In addition, 13 million people have diabetes and which is unknown to people.
Before getting into the takeaways from the book we need some definitions and to shed some perspective on how dire the diabetes problem is. So, what is diabetes? The short answer is it’s when your blood glucose or sugar is too high. How it works is when you eat food your body breaks it down into sugars that enter your bloodstream to be distributed throughout your body for energy, when this happens your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to transport those sugars to the
Solomon has type two diabetes, and has had diabetes for six years. She talks about how her life has changed and the different things she has to do everyday. Diabetes is very serious and should not be left untreated. I agree with Solomon that she needs to change her bad habits but without dedication nothing will change. Solomon talked about the things she has to do everyday because she has diabetes: like taking insulin and getting her blood tested.
AA adults have the highest mortality rate from DM in individuals less than seventy years of age than other ethnic groups (Tancredi, et al., 2015). In 2010, diabetes mellitus has caused the deaths of 69,071 people in the United States with total percentage deaths of all males (48.2%) and females (51.4%). In 2013, their mortality rate accounted for 21.2 deaths per 100,000 populations (CDC, 2015). This alarming statistics have proven that AA adults at risk for T2DM are in a greater need for EB interventions that will be championed by the advanced practice nurses
Introduction In 2010, 25.8 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. Two years later in 2012, the number of diabetic patients went form 25.8 million American to 29.1 million American diagnosed with diabetes (Overall Numbers, Diabetes and Prediabetes, 2014). The vast increase in diabetic cases in America is justifies a need for more educators to stir patients with the proper direction of managing this disease. In this information age, where the internet is our first option, computers and internet is our go to resource.
Type 1 diabetes has many symptoms, which include: blurry vision, losing weight, and always being thirsty. Type one diabetes is most common in humans before the age of 30. People do not realize that diabetes could kill them if they don 't take it
Diabetes does not just affect the people diagnosed, it affects everyone around them mentally, physically, and emotionally. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. That means that diabetes causes more deaths in Americans than breast cancer and AIDS combined. This is why now it is more
Therefore, you should always be kind to everyone. Having type 1 diabetes has been a part of me since I was two years old and it always will be a part of me. However, I will not let it define me or degrade my own personal image of myself. I am Brenna Lutz and I am proud of who I am, type 1 diabetes and
The immense amount of work I do daily just to function is invisible to most. No one sees the struggle but diabetes Is relentless and demands me to be attentive to it every hour of every day. Diabetes is certainly debilitating, demanding, and draining; however, I have still found positives in my disease. Type 1 Diabetes has given me tremendous strength, motivation to live healthy, a better perspective on life, and purpose to my future. After living 10 years with diabetes, I have learned plenty about how my body does (and unfortunately doesn’t) work and how to keep myself as healthy as possible.
It is important to note that, the higher the blood sugar, the more sugar comes out in the urine. If an individual's kidneys are normal, this usually isn't a problem, but if an individual has diabetes, too much sugar can cause kidney damage. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the kidney and destroy the kidneys filters. During Anna Garcia’s autopsy report, the ketones found in her urine, was sign of kidney failure. There was additional signs that Anna Garcia had that supported symptoms of kidney failure, such as necrosis and vomiting.
Diabetes 1 has two pick ages when it occurs. The first peak age is in children between 4 and 7years old. Second – 10 to 14 years old while diabetes 2 tends to occur in people over 45 years old. How bad can diabetes effect on human’s health?
In the East Harlem community, many people devalued the severity of diabetes due to personal aspects. For example, one woman said how her life is too stressful to worry about the illness. The toll of living high demand-low control lives is greater in the lesser affluent neighborhoods. Their daily lives are often too hectic for them to participate in a healthier lifestyle. Diabetes adds to this stress because residents voiced that the out of control sugar levels made them more stressed.
Cutting these out of your diet and replacing them with organic, homemade meals is a good way to cut out extra sugars, salts and fats from your diet. • Avoid alcohol intake. Alcohol increases blood sugar, which like refined sugars, is also very dangerous. Cutting out alcohol or limiting your intake is a good lifestyle choice to make when suffering with diabetes. • Introduce Omega-3 fats to your diet.