Finding out that you have diabetes is a very difficult concept to process, no matter the age. But being that I was 12 years old at the time, I feel that it inhibited my conscious effort to accept being diabetic. Looking back, I'm surprised that I'm alive today.
Diabetes doesn't always come in the shapes and sizes that we think of either. To be sure, it is easy to blame the disease on "poor lifestyle choices" made by individuals who could otherwise prevent the afflictions of the disease on themselves. But the potential for developing the disease also has to do with genetics.
Yes, it happened. For a few blessed, fleeting hours, I actually forgot that I have Type 1 diabetes. I'm not talking about pushing it into the back of my mind, but completely and totally forgetting about it. Everything.
Trust me when I say that the emotional side of diabetes is a huge piece of the puzzle and if it is not taken into consideration, it can unravel all well-laid diabetes plans. So if you love a woman with Type 1, maybe this blog will give you a little something to consider. Or maybe you already know everything. That being said....
It seems that we adult Type 1s who have officially aged out of the juvenile stage and who aren't sick are now going around confusing everybody. Sorry. I lived.
Diabetes complications can include kidney disease, increased risk for stroke and poor circulation that can lead to amputations
The bottom line is that diabetes is a self-managed disease, and it's important to use all the tools at your disposal to help manage your condition. Smartphones, which are now integrated into many people's daily lives, allow for innovative ways to do this.
People with diabetes have different experiences, contributing to the complexity of managing an already multidimensional disease. There were so many beautiful and human moments as people shared their individual challenges and successes living with diabetes.
A new diagnosis can be overwhelming and traumatic, but some people find that they can use their health crisis as an opportunity
Over the past few decades, we've been trying harder and harder to be healthy and fit. The result: We got heavy and sick. What's going on here? When did healthy and fit start making us heavy and sick? And why is everyone calling us lazy gluttons?