This is a more detailed “how to” instruction in spanish. Like i’ve said before, information about diabetes is in every language possible, there is no excuse. Nuff said.. I thought about doing my own infusion set video, but there are already so many videos like this on youtube.
Great Article from Diabetes.co.uk
Myth 1: People with diabetes can’t eat sugar
This is one of the most common diabetes myths; that people with the condition have to eat a sugar-free diet. People with diabetes need to eat a diet that is balanced, which can include some sugar in moderation.. People with diabetes can eat sugar.
Myth 2: Type 2 diabetes is mild
This diabetes myth is widely repeated, but of course it isn’t true. No form of diabetes is mild. If type 2 diabetes is poorly managed it can lead to serious (even life-threatening) complications. Good control of diabetes can significantly decrease the risk of complications but this doesn’t mean the condition itself is not serious.
Myth 3: Type 2 diabetes only affects fat people
Whilst type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight and obese by the media, it is patently untrue that type 2 diabetes only affects overweight people. Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes are of a normal weight, or underweight.
There are a quite a lot of common myths that exist about diabetes. Diabetes isn’t an allergy to sugar. If we eat sugar it’s not going to knock us dead or cause us to be hospitalised – we just need to be more careful with how much we have because it affects our blood sugar levels. As a general rule, it’s best not to make any sweeping assumptions about what people with diabetes should or should not have.
Myth 4: People with diabetes should only eat diabetic food
Diabetic food is one of the most common myths of the last ten years. The label ‘diabetic’ is often used on sweets foods. Often sugar alcohols, or other sweeteners, will be used instead of sugar. Diabetic food will often still affect blood glucose levels, is expensive, and may also cause adverse side effects. Diabetes charity Diabetes UK recommends that people with diabetes avoid diabetic food.
Myth 5: People with diabetes go blind and lose their legs
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and also causes many amputations each year. However, those people with diabetes that control blood pressure, glucose, weight and quit smoking all increase their chances of remaining complication free. Blindness and amputation are therefore preventable and the vast majority of people with diabetes will avoid blindness and amputation, particularly if annual diabetic health checks are attended each year.
Myth 6: People with diabetes are dangerous drivers
This myth is based around an inaccurate generalisation. The main danger of driving for people with diabetes is if hypoglycemia occurs. However, hypoglycemia is a preventable state and the vast majority of people with diabetes at risk of hypos exercise care to avoid hypos taking place whilst driving. Statistics show that diabetics are no less safe on the road than anyone else with significant accidents being attributed to hypoglycemia affecting less 0.2% of drivers treated with insulin. However, the myth that people with diabetes are dangerous drivers is ongoing.
Myth 7: People with diabetes shouldn’t play sport
High-prominence diabetic sportsmen and women have disproved this diabetes myth. People with diabetes should take part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are some factors worth considering before partaking in sport, but there is no reason why people with diabetes can’t participate in most cases. See a list of some of the sportspeople that have performed with diabetes.
Myth 8: People with diabetes can’t do many jobs
Having diabetes won’t stop you from having a job and with the improvements that have been made in treatment of diabetes, the number of jobs that people with diabetes are ineligible for is now very small. The armed forces is one profession which may prevent people with diabetes from entering specific roles, such as front line service, but many other positions will be accessible. It’s worth noting that people with diabetes that cannot work, for individual sight or mobility reasons, may be entitled to specific benefits.
Myth 9: People with diabetes are more likely to be ill
People with diabetes are not more likely to have colds or other illnesses. The significance of illness for people with diabetes is that it can make the management of blood glucose levels more difficult which can increase the severity of an illness or infection. Prevention of illness is particularly important and therefore flu jabs are advisable and free.
Myth 10: Diabetes is contagious
Something of a classic playground myth, diabetes cannot be caught off someone else. Diabetes is categorised as being a non-communicable illness meaning it cannot be passed on by sneezing, through touch, nor via blood or any other person to person means. The only way in which diabetes can be passed on is from parents to their own children but even this is only a genetic likelihood of diabetes and not the condition itself.
Within Asia, there is a city called Nepal, just north from Bangladesh, and about due east from Pakistan. A boy named Ashok KC talks about his experience having diabetes. He explains that he’s had diabetes for about 4 years, now he is 16. Ashok has to ride on the bus for two hours in order to get his insulin from the hospital. Because he too lives in a poor country, he cannot bring a lot of insulin home, because it will most likely spoil.
Chandra Dhimal, says that his daughter got diabetes since the age of 6 years old. Dhimal explained how their daughter started getting the diabetic symptoms, i.e., excessive thirst, weight loss, etc. The father also explained that his daughter’s blood sugar must be in good control, because she often has to walk for hours to get a bus. His father also said something very important. I want all my visitors to read carefully. Because the father loves his daughter so much, he said he went to a fortune teller, which promised him that he could “heal” his daughter. The father eventually sold his land, believing that his beloved daughter would be “cured”. I don’t need to tell you that the cure never happened. In fact, not only did his daughter get sicker, the alleged fortune teller was no were to be found!! I’m sure the father learned a very hard lesson that day. As I’ve always said time and time again, diabetes is a complexed disease, and you will need more than just a few herbal ingredients and prayer to manage diabetes.
In part 2, a doctor discusses how many children would not come in to the hospital, because most could not afford the insulin, and get extremely sick. Now, their clinic offers free insulin, and now more children are coming to the hospital. From there, they are educated about diabetic infections, blood sugar levels, and all other important topics that concerns diabetics.
This is a heart wrenching story about diabetes, in Congo, inside Africa. Dr. Clerck narrates the beginning part of this documentary. Dr. Clerk came to Congo as a nun, nurse, and a midwife. She first came to Congo in 1955, at a time were there were no doctors, and only the nurses were repsonsible for the patients medical care. It was then decided that she would get a degree to become a doctor, and return to Congo and help the sick. When Dr. Clerck eventually came back, she found herself working with patients with diabetes.
One family talks about the difficulties having a daughter with type 1, and have no job to help with medical expenses. The father expresses the fact that because there is so much corruption (in terms of politics/foreign businesses and policies) the people of Congo continue to stay poor without work. In Congo, it is explained that they have to pay for public elementary school (which is part of the corruption); coupled with not being able to get a job, puts an even bigger strain on diabetes care.
What broke my heart, was the last story in the documentary. A young 24 year old man named Kombi Guy. He has had diabetes since he was 20 years old. He had all the classic signs of diabetes ie, thirst, constant bathroom visits etc., yet he did not know he had diabetes. He explains that no blood test were done until so many compliations has passed. Kombi eventually had to drop out of school, because the complications of diabetes got too overwhelming (as thee was no good education of diabetes, and barely enough money for food and insulin). His diabetes was so out of control, that he almost permanently lost his sight, and had to get an amputation of one of his big toe. Kombi says, his mother died from diabetes.
I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face. We must earnestly seek information about diabetes, beyond what we see on local television. Diabetes is not, and has never been, solely a “fat American disease”.
A very inspiring story about courage, determination, and the continued fight for diabetes awareness, and desperately needed programs to help save the lives of all diabetics around the world.
Sugar Shock” — India is facing a type-2 diabetes pandemic, while in Africa many countries struggle to keep their type-1 sufferers supplied with insulin. I find this interesting, as most American doctors don’t believe that blacks can get type 1. So what can be done to head-off the diabetes crisis? This broadcast aired on, or about 12.01.2010.