Although diabetes is widespread in Latvia, data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control suggest that there were 91,571 patients with diabetes in Latvia in 2017 and there are still various prejudices and myths about the disease and its patients in the society. Also, many people do not understand the symptoms and progress of this disease, as well as the importance of supporting people with diabetes in their everyday lives, their sensitivity and their ability to cope with critical situations.
Most people can not even imagine the daily life of a diabetic patient. In order to attract the public's attention to the disease, the Latvian Diabetes Center launched a social campaign "Stronger than Diabetes", in which the personality of ether in the community is felt in the patient's skin, while patients with diabetes – Krista Tevane and Rodrigo Uldrikis – openly tell their experience.
Rodrigo Uldrik, 15, from Jelgava, type 1 diabetes, was found at the age of 3 years. "I do not remember at the outset, I began to think of something at the age of 5, but I guess the parents were probably shocked," said Rodrigo, noting that diabetes is a disease that makes you feel cautious and constantly think about your well-being. "I really do not know what diabetes is like, every day I closely follow the blood sugar level, I eat a little candy, I take insulin as often as I need each day. I come to cases when the level of sugar drops dramatically and increases when it reaches even indicators that can not be read by a sugar level gauge. If you think the reaction is slower, your vision is blurred, your head is rubbing, then I know that something good should be done immediately "said Rodrigo with his diaspora ETEC experience. At the same time, diabetes is not an obstacle for the young man to quit his sporting activities, on the contrary: "I am very happy to be an athlete, riding. At school I run in front of a sport," said the young man.
Rodrigo's classmates and other peers have already discovered and accepted his illness at school. "Classmates know that I have diabetes, I was first interested in it, but then they got used to it, and now they ignore it. Besides, strange, I never left the school badly," Rodrigo says. The man is still young, has not developed a number of side effects and complications, and perhaps thanks to his youth, even when he is an untrained sugar of an athlete, who is a manifestation of diabetes.
By contrast, Krista Tvejn, the founder and leader of the Latvian Diabetes Center, who has been living with diabetes for 28 years, has a different experience. "The sport is: if there is cardiovascular activity, the level of sugar is reduced if exercise exercises – the level of sugar increases. You need to count on the highest mathematics all the time – how much you need to sprinkle, how much you ate, how long you ran when they stopped that during the hot period the sugar falls, stress goes up – from every action we take, the level of sugar changes. You can not relax for a moment, you can not go without insulin spray or measuring devices. when you are enough If you know de After two hours of exercise, you need to press it a bit, but you must think what you eat, what carbohydrates you take. In my case, it's a constant stress, "your" fight against diabetes says Christos.
Diabetes is a disease that people often can not notice. "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 moment, even at night." You need to make an alarm, go up, sometimes even three or four times, so that I can sleep all night and not measure anything, but I also had the time to wake up from being ill. Fortunately, I woke up. If it was not, there will be a hypoglycaemic coma that will lead to serious brain damage and may die, "that's Christ." She admits she does not object to her feelings and control over the course of her life, but health problems can are getting worse at any moment.
If a person has ever heard about diabetes symptoms, this is an opportunity to protect people close to you. Even if they are suspected, it is important that you can tell your doctor. Can be saved from hospitalization. When a person misses insulin, the energy 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 to the body – a marked thirst for dilution of sweet blood. As cells are hungry, a person eats a lot, but you feel tired and lose weight. Especially expressed thirst must be taken into account at night. Children also need to be carefree – losing weight is never the norm if it is not targeted, especially for children who are growing up.
"There was a case," recalls Christos, "the family doctor measures the baby's sugar level, and the device shows" Hello. "Once," Hello ", for the second time," Hello ", the doctor asks and does not understand and judged something it will "crash." It means "high", so high level of sugar that turns off the display of the device ("high" – high, "Hello" – healthy in English) When sending samples of blood to the laboratory, the child lost consciousness and entered the hospital. Even doctors have no information on the signs of diabetes, and people do not know what to do in such situations. "
Children in Latvia have primary cases in patients with diabetes, but the Diabetes Center Laviva recognizes that decision makers need to focus on the need for adequate compensation for medical products. Adults are compensated for only 75 per cent, but this is not limited to insulin alone. In the pharmacy, each needle is given with one needle, which should last for several weeks or even one month, although it should be changed every day. Also with the measuring strips. There are also sensors that take the skin with a needle, infiltrate the intracellular fluid, scan it and then analyze it on a separate screen, allowing you to identify the level of sugar and, most importantly, the trend. Such a device costs about 160 euros a month – just for measurements.
The Children's Hospital offers training for the Diabetes School, where children, their parents and other people can learn how to live with diabetes. Doctors admit that special schools, schools and kindergartens can still face situations where people with diabetes are trying to create a special place. "It is important to explain this, to talk about it. Perhaps a campaign will not make a comprehensive change, but it will surely reach the hearts." Refuting prejudices and fears will not only improve the quality of a person's life, and will save someone's life, "reminds the head of the association. .
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