Although diabetes is spread in Latvia, data from the Center for Prevention and Control Diseases indicate that in 2017 there were 91,571 diabetic patients in Latvia, and there are still various prejudices and myths about the disease and its patients in society. Likewise, a large proportion of people do not understand the symptoms and progress of this disease, and the importance of supporting people with diabetes in their daily lives, their sensitivity and their ability to deal with critical situations.
Most people can not even imagine the daily life of a diabetic patient. 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 in the skin of the patients, during diabetes patients – Krista Teivane and Rodrigo Uldriķis – talk about their experience suddenly.
Rodrigo Uldriq, 15, from Jelgava, type 1 diabetes was found for 3 years. "I do not remember the first time, I started to remember something about the age of 5, but I guess the parents probably shocked," Rodrigo says, showing diabetes being a disease that makes you feel worried and think about your welfare constantly. "I do not really know what the life of diabetes is. Every day, I follow the blood sugar, eat some candy, I take insulin as often as I need every day. I have experienced examples where the sugar level decreases dramatically and increases According to it's even the indicators that can not be read with a specific sugar-measured device. If you feel the reaction is slower, your vision is blurred, your head rubs, then I know that something is good to do right now, "Rodrigo split with his experience of diabetes. At the same time, diabetes was not an obstacle for a young person to leave his sporting activities, however: "I'm very happy to be athlete, driving. In school, I'm going forward to the sport," says the young man.
Rodrigo's classmates and other members have already discovered and accepted their illness at school. "Members know that I have diabetes, first they were interested in it, but then they used it, and now they ignored it. In addition, miraculously never left school," says Rodrigo. The boy is still young, he has not developed various side effects and complications, and perhaps thanks to his youth, even when he is non-baked sugar, which is a diabetes demonstration.
On the contrary, Krista Teivane, the founder and head of the Latvian Diabetic Center, who has been living with diabetes for 28 years, has a different experience. "The sport is: if there is a cardiovascular activity, the sugar level falls, if the force is exercising – the sugar is rising. You should have the highest mathematics all the time – how much you need to sprinkle, how much did you eat, how long do you run? When you stopped, during the warm period the sugar will fall, the tension rises – from all the actions we take, the sugar changes. You can not relax for a moment, you can not go out without the insulin respiration or measurement. Stay with your friends only when you're enough If you know that after two hours of exercise you need to make it a bit crushed, but you have to think what to eat what carbohydrates you take. In my case, it is a constant stress, "your" combat against diabetes "says Christ.
Diabetes is a disease that often does not see people. "Of course, people around me who do not know me, even if I do not know that I have diabetes, but I can not relax for a while, even during the night. Alarm must be done, you must go, sometimes even three or four It's time to measure sugar. Of course, I can sleep all night and do not measure anything. But I also had time to wake up from a bad one. Fortunately I woke up all the time. If this was not the case, there would be a hip hop leading to severe brain damage and may die, "that is Christ. She acknowledges she does not resist her feelings and control of the disease over life, however, health problems can make worse at any time.
If anyone has heard of symptoms of diabetes, this is an opportunity to protect people near you. Even if they only suspect, it is important to inform them to the doctor. It can be saved from being hospitalized. When a person lacks insulin, the energy that we eat while eating enters the body but does not reach the target – as a result, the cells are hungry, but more sugar circulates in the blood. This also results in a natural reaction of the body – pronounced thirst for diluting sweet blood. Because the cells are hungry, a person eats a lot, but feels tired and losing weight. Especially pronounced thirst must be considered at night. Children also need to be unconscious – heavy loss is never normal if it is not proven with purpose, especially for children growing.
"It was a case," remembers Christ, "the family doctor measures baby sugar, and the device shows" Hello. "Once," Hi ", the second time" Hi ", the doctor is wonderful and does not understand, and he judges that Something will get worse. It means "high", such a high level of sugar that it leaves the device's screen ("high" – high, "hi" – hello in English) While he sent blood samples to the laboratory, the child lost consciousness and entered the hospital. Even doctors lack information on diabetes signs, and people do not know what to do in such situations. "
Children in Latvia have basic cases for diabetic patients, but the Labija Diabetes Center recognizes that decision makers must focus on the need for adequate compensation for medical products. Adults only pay 75 percent, but this is not limited to insulin only. At the pharmacy, each needle is given by one needle, which must last for a few weeks or even a month, although it must be changed every day. Also with the measuring strips. There are also sensors that take the skin with a needle, enter the intracellular fluid, scan it and then analyze it in a special screen, allowing you to induce the level of sugar and, most importantly, the tendency. Such an apparatus costs around € 160 per month – only for measurements alone.
Children's Hospital offers a "Diabetic School" training where children, their parents and other people can learn to live with diabetes. Doctors accept that special schools, schools and kindergartenes can still face situations where people with diabetes try to create a special place. "It's important to explain this to talk about it. Perhaps one campaign will not make a complete change, but it will probably reach the hearts. By rejecting prejudices and fears, you will not only improve the quality of life of a person, but you can save the life of someone, "reminds the leader of the association. .
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