Understanding Diabetes as a Long-Term Disability

Understanding Diabetes as a Long-Term Disability

Usually when we think about diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes come to mind.

From the Canadian Diabetes Association:

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin and it occurs in about 5-10% of cases. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces very little insulin or the body cannot use the insulin that the pancreas is producing. Type 2 Diabetes is more prevalent than Type 1 diabetes. A third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and refers to the body’s difficulty with producing enough insulin during this time. Women with gestational diabetes are also at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

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Some of the common symptoms of diabetes include, but are not limited to, increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme fatigue, and blurred vision. There are risks associated with a diabetes diagnosis, such as nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye damage. Anxiety and depression are also potential complications that can come with a diagnosis. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease and as such it should be taken very seriously. Prior to being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, some people may receive an early warning through Prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to meet a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Having Prediabetes does not mean that Type 2 diabetes is inevitable. It is possible that managing your blood sugar levels and making lifestyle changes can help you to avoid a diabetes diagnosis.

The Canadian Diabetes Association list the following elements when it comes to managing diabetes: education, physical activity, nutrition, weight management, medication, lifestyle management, and blood pressure. By learning more about diabetes and how to manage the disease, the quality of life of those living with diabetes can improve and their symptoms can become more manageable.

 

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