A Closer Look Into Diabetes

How Diabetes Effects Your Life

Biology of the Disease

Diabetes comes in two different forms, very different from each other, type 1 and type 2.

Today we will deal with Type 1 diabetes. This is found in most cases dealing with heritage, it's not proven to be a big factor but it does show signs of being one. In this type insulin is not produced so nothing can regulate the glucose levels in the bloodstream. Without this "insulin" glucose, or sugar, cannot get into your cells to energize you, so you may end up feeling quite fatigued and tired.

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Diet and exercise are the two biggest factors to maintaining healthy glucose levels. Always carry around some sugary substance, ex: apple juice, soda, sugar tablets. If your blood sugar is low take a sip/bite out of one of those and you should be fine, but don't eat too much!

There are also many different exercises available to help with diabetes. These could start with simple techniques used at home, or intense workouts at the gym, it's all tailor made for your specific needs. Exercise is key to a healthy mind and body, especially when dealing with diabetes.

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Professional Help

A big help with this disease could be seeking out a nutritionist to help plan out what you eat, how you exercise etc. They can be extremely helpful in the case that you aren't quite comfortable or ready to determine your portions with food and/or what foods to eat.

For some people this whole ordeal can be stressful, cause anxiety, and other mental issues. A psychiatrist will be able to help you with what is effecting you. If you are not dealing with diabetes or your new lifestyle quite right yet, a good psychiatrist is a great start in stepping forward into a brighter future with keeping your life in tact.

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Life with Diabetes

You will also in some cases have to use an insulin injector. These can be hard to handle at first, but after a while it flows naturally with your daily routine. Only use these when you have high blood sugar, or else it could worsen your diabetes and cause future problems.

Diabetes is an agitating and stressful process at first. It can be disappointing, but it's very manageable. You will have to test a lot, and watch what you eat, but for the most part you'll be able to do everything that you used to be able to do, only you will need to do more frequent and specific monitoring of what your day consists of. It begins to be a part of your life, it gets much much easier and it'll end up something that you just do everyday.


I interviewed my friend Stanislav, he was diagnosed at the age of 7 with type 1 diabetes.