SHAFAQNA TURKEY – The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) states that 26% of patients do not receive adequate information and education at diagnosis, resulting in poor diabetes control and can be detrimental to mental health as well as physical damage such as paralysis, kidney failure. defeat, blindness, loss of limbs.
A total of 3,208 people, diabetics or healthcare workers from countries such as Brazil, India and Nigeria took part in the online survey.
However, as a diabetic, the results of this study, unfortunately, did not come as a surprise to me, and I understand this very well.
Ignorance after diagnosis
As a type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed in Costa Rica at the age of seven, I know what it’s like to grow up in anxiety and stress without knowing anything about my illness.
As a glass bone patient, I developed diabetes due to a side effect of my medications and am currently in a wheelchair.
It was very difficult to keep the disease under control 24/7. In my early teens, I didn’t have a glucose monitor. Every day I had panic attacks, I often forgot that I was already on insulin, or thought I had injected it twice, and was afraid that my blood sugar levels had dropped so much that I was risking my life.
I learned more about my illness after moving to England at the age of 25. Today, with training and equipment provided by the National Health Service (NHS), I feel more confident and, as a result, more confident about the many diabetes management decisions that need to be made throughout the day.
I spoke to Ana Lucia from Chihuahua, Mexico to talk to another person with diabetes and see if they had a similar experience with me.
She explained that after she was diagnosed with diabetes, not only her life, but the life of her family changed dramatically.
Ana Lucia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after being admitted to intensive care at the age of eight.
“I was very upset because I was a little girl and could no longer eat dessert. It was the transition from evening to morning, and I was told, “You can’t eat this or that.”
Her mother, Clementine, described how she felt like she had lost her way while her daughter was in the hospital for five days:
“I was told that since I was a small child, I had to learn how to inject insulin. We both started studying diabetes together.”
But the lack of support and lack of awareness about diabetes care has taken a toll on Clementine and Ana Lucia as they try to get on with their daily lives.
“Schools should have something special that says, ‘Yes, we have a student with diabetes, this should be our plan,'” says Clementine.
Ana Lucia, now 17, is largely in control of her diabetes.
But he also says that sometimes it’s tedious:
“I sleep less because I have to check my blood sugar or wait a few hours after I’ve given my dose of insulin.”
Ana Lucia uses a device called the Freestyle Libre, which has sensors that measure blood sugar levels. So he doesn’t have to prick his finger to draw blood and worry about whether he has enough strips.
Ana Lucia says having this device will make her life with diabetes easier. She points out that while she is well supported by her family and friends, managing her diabetes can be much more difficult when you add in her exams and homework at school.
Impact on mental health
In addition to the physical consequences, the IDF study looked at the mental health consequences of insufficient knowledge of the disease.
IDF President Prof. “If you don’t get the right education, it can lead to anxiety and, of course, depression,” says Andrew Boulton.
The study shows that healthcare professionals also need to be better informed. Just under half (49%) of healthcare worker respondents say they can diagnose diabetes-related depression.
“Depressed people are less likely to follow medical advice. For example, not wearing certain shoes if you have foot problems.” He speaks. BBC
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