Although diabetes is prevalent in Latvia, data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that there were 91,571 diabetics in Latvia in 2017, and there are still many prejudices and disease diseases and its patients in society. Likewise, a large number of 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 ability to deal with critical situations.
Most people can not even imagine the daily life of diabetics. To attract public attention to this disease, the Latvian Diabetes Center launched a social campaign "Strengthening Diabetes", in which the personality of ether in the community is felt on the skin of the patient, while patients with diabetes – Krista Teivane and Rodrigo Uldriķis – openly talk about their experience.
Rodrigo Uldriq, 15, from Jelgava, type 1 diabetes, was found at the age of 3 years. "I do not remember the beginning, I started to remember something about the age of 5, but I suppose that the parents were probably shocked," says Rodrigo, emphasizing that diabetes is the cause of which you feel worried and think about your well-being continuously. "I do not know what is the life of diabetes. I daily monitor blood glucose levels, eat some sweets, I take insulin often as it is needed everyday. I have experiences in which sugar levels dramatically decrease and increase when they reach even indicators that I can not Read a certain sugar level meter If you feel the reaction is slower, your vision is blurred, your head rubbing, then I know that something should be done right now, "said Rodrigo with his diabetic experience. At the same time, diabetes was not an obstacle for a young person to quit his sporting activities, on the contrary: "I am very happy to be an athlete, I drive. In school, I run in front of the sport," says the young man.
Rodrigo's mothers and other peers have already discovered and accepted his illness at school. "Constructors know that I have diabetes, they were initially interested in them, but then they got used to it, and now they ignore them. And besides, strange, I did not go badly out of school," Rodrigo says. The guy is still young, he has not developed various side effects and complications, and perhaps because of his youth, even when he is a sports sugar, which is a manifestation of diabetes.
On the contrary, Krista Teivane, founder and leader of the Latvian Diabetes Center, who has been living with diabetes for 28 years, has a different experience. "Sports is: if there is cardiovascular activity, the level of sugar falls, if the exercise of strength increases the level of sugar. You should count on the highest math constantly – how much you need to shake, how much you eat, how long you run when you are standing, during the hot season sugar is falling, stress is rising – from every action we take, the level of sugar changes. You can not relax for a moment, you can not get out without a syringe or measuring device. Stay with friends only when you are good If you know that after two hours of exercise, there is little to squeeze, but you have to think about what to eat, which carbohydrates you take. In my case, it's a constant stress, "your" fight against diabetes, "says Christ.
Diabetes is a disease that people often do 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." It should be alarmed, you have to go up, sometimes even three or four times, sugar must be measured, I can sleep all night and I do not measure anything But I also have the time to wake up from bad luck, I constantly wake up. If this is not the case, there would be a hypoglycemic coma that would lead to serious brain damage and could also die, "it is Christ." He acknowledges that she does not resist her feelings and control of the disease during her lifetime, but health problems can deteriorate at any moment .
If a person ever hears about diabetes symptoms, this is an opportunity to protect people who are close to you. Even if they are suspected, it's important that you tell them a doctor. It 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, cells starve, but even more sugar circulates in the blood. It also results in a natural reaction of the body – expressed thirst for the sweetening of sweet blood. Since the cells are hungry, a person eats a lot, but feeling tired and losing weight. Particularly expressed thirst should be taken into account at night. Children also need to be carefree – weight loss is never normal if not tested with intent, especially for children who are growing up.
"There was a case," recalls Christ, "the family doctor measures the baby's sugar level and the device shows" Hello. "Once," Hello ", the second time" Hello, "the doctor is asking and does not understand the judge that he will drop something. This means "high", so high sugar level that turns off from the device display ("high" – high, "healthy" – healthy in English) When sending samples of blood to the laboratory, the child lost consciousness and entered the hospital. Even doctors do not have information about signs of diabetes, and people do not know what to do in such situations. "
Children in Latvia have basic cases for patients with diabetes, but the Diabetes Center Lavie admits that decision makers focus on the need for adequate compensation for medical products. Adults are compensated for only 75%, but this is not limited to insulin alone. In a pharmacy, each needle is given with one needle, which must last for several weeks or even a month, although it should be changed daily. Also with measuring straps. There are also sensors that remove the needle skin, enter 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 "Diabetes Schools" where children, their parents and other people can learn how to live with diabetes. Doctors acknowledge that situations in which people with diabetes are trying to make a special place can still face in schools, schools and kindergartens. "It's important to explain this, to talk about it. Perhaps one campaign will not yet make a comprehensive change, but it will surely come to heart." Rejecting prejudices and fears, not only can 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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