LOGAN – November is the month of diabetes awareness; However, those who suffer from diabetes are aware of their living conditions for 12 months out of the year, and not just during the month of November.
Diabetes is a disease in which the ability of the body to produce or react to insulin hormones, leading to abnormal carbohydrate metabolism and elevated levels of blood and urine glucose.
The Ohio Department of Health estimates that there are more than a million people in the state of Buckeye who have diabetes and many more who may not even know how to have them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is more common in Apalahia than in the whole nation.
The Institute of Diabetes at the University of Ohio, the University of Osteopathic Medicine, conducted a Needs Assessment Survey in 2016, and the results that were recently published were very worrying.
The estimate showed that prevalence rates for diabetes in Hocking, Athens, Vinton, Meig, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Virginia, and West Virginia exceeded CDC estimates, which included:
2013 CDC Estimation: 14.6 percent
2016 Research: 21.9 percent
2016 Research: 19.8 percent
The study found that a jump in diabetes rates is probably associated with a higher rate of obesity, patients who do not seriously take illness, a failure in the health care system, social factors (including income, education and food insecurity), lack of education for diabetes and lifestyle choices including poor eating habits and lack of exercise), according to the Needs Assessment Survey by the University of Ohio.
There are different types of diabetes, but the most common type 1 and type 2.
Experts at the National Institute of Health (NIH) have said that for type 1 diabetes, in most cases, the 'immune system' attacks and contracts cells in the insulin-producing pancreas. ' Since insulin is no longer produced, it is necessary for those with type 1 diabetes to take insulin on a daily basis or to die, as reported by NIH.
Doctors say that Type 2 diabetes is when "the body does not make enough insulin or does not use properly insulin," which can cause "too much blood glucose", according to NIH. However, NIH health professionals have said there are ways to manage it, such as changes in lifestyle – stop smoking and lose weight.
A person with diabetes will look like everyone else – you will see a fully functional person. What you will not see are insulin injections that are needed each day to keep that person alive or insulin pump that wears under their clothes.
Most of the time you will see a smiling face; However, you will not see the tears that have ejected from frustration due to the rise and fall of blood sugar that descended, despite trying to keep them in the normal range.
You will often see someone who makes the illness look light or effortless – what you do not see is the night when a low blood sugar level is maintained by a diabetic buddy; you will not see small holes on pin and needle scars.
See someone who is alive and good – what you do not see is all the battles and obstacles they have gone through to reach this point in their lives.
A local ten-year-old type 1 was diagnosed with underweight diabetes just before the fifth birthday. To look at Nathan Davies, he looks like any other 10 year old fifth grader – full of energy, very athletic and very well known when it comes to controlling his diabetes.
Davis's mother, Beth recalled well that day when Nathan was diagnosed for the first time – on November 7, 2012. Beth began to notice that Nathan was constantly thirsty-more than normal. This, along with other symptoms, has led to the belief that something serious can be wrong.
"We checked his sugar one day and it was over 600 years old," she recalls. "With an exasperated thirst for two days, it was really troubling."
Although he does not have to take daily insulin videos, Nathan has a permanent partner with him 24/7 – an insulin pump, which helps in managing his diabetes. The insulin pump helps maintain Nathan blood glucose levels within its target range.
When asked how diabetes affected his lifestyle, Nathan replied: "When I run a lot, my blood sugar is diminishing. Sometimes I feel like I'm going out. It's a little awful."
"I did not know much about diabetes at the beginning," Beth said. "At first, it was great. We did two days of hospital training when diagnosed." He was admitted to Children and held classes and training for parents and family members. "
Beth noticed that she had a lot to learn – controlling the portion, counting carbohydrates, controlling heights and slopes.
"The first couple of months were really rough," she said. "He was on fire for nine months, so he got four shots a day – at least four, sometimes more. After nine months, we started the first insulin pump that helped because we had to change the location every three days. It's great to know that his life in your hands. "
While Beth tends to have things under control, she notices that Nathan will be able to get into an attack, which is life-threatening if his sugar falls. She said The Logan Daili Nevs that Nathan suffered an attack and was very intimidating.
While Nathan sat and listened to his mother discussing the challenges of diabetes, he said, if something does not change and scientists find a cure, he will always be a diabetic.
"Type 1 diabetes is life imprisonment," Beth remarked. "He will always have, unless he says something changes and find a cure."
Although it is only the fifth beam, this young man can check the blood sugar level and change the site of the insulin pump.
Nathan said Logan Daili Nevs, In the fifth grade there are three young men who are diabetic. These are alarming words – in our small Ohio area, in one class, three students have diabetes.
Because Nathan is so active in sports, Beth carries a lot of game juices; she also carries insulin delivery in case his blood sugar falls.
"It's a concern, but he knows when he feels clumsy and knows pretty much what to do," she said.
"Sometimes you feel like a failure. Do I hurt my child? They can have a kidney failure when they are younger, can have vision problems, and make sure to monitor it," notes Beth. "I'm still in the background – do I do enough as a parent? Would I allow him to keep the cookie on his birthday?"
As for everyday routine, the first thing Nathan does when he wakes up in the morning is to check his sugar and write it in his diary. Beth makes a lunch to go to school to make sure he has the exact amount of carbohydrates every day. During the day, if he begins to feel awkward, he reports to a school nurse, who is also well-trained for any situation that may come.
"That's what people take healthy for almost we have to manage – like calculating carbohydrates, drinking sugar sugars and things like that," Beth said. "He can eat in general everything, but he must follow carbohydrates."
Nathan does not allow his diabetes to get on the path of passion – sport – he is active in basketball, baseball and bowling.
Nathan hoped that one day scientists will find a cure for diabetes, and no other children or their families will have to withstand the pain and pain of the disease.