According the data acquired by Beyond Type 1, in the US there are approximately 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes. In Canada, the figure is thought to be over 300,000 and in the UK it is estimated that 1 in every 430-530 people under the age of 19 has Type 1 diabetes. The number of diagnoses each day keeps growing, as does the number of deaths. We need a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
The general public often thinks that diabetes is no big deal. You inject some insulin or perhaps you wear an insulin pump that injects it for you. You avoid sweets and get on with your life. There is nothing to it.
What they don’t understand is that too little or too much insulin can be deadly. They have no idea of how difficult it can be to get just the right amount of insulin to cover a meal, deal with an illness, or manage a stressful situation.
Fat content, the amount of protein, complex carbohydrates, simple sugars, exercise, activity from two days ago, illness, stress, and anxiety are just a few of the many things that impact blood glucose levels at any given time. It is easy to become overwhelmed and depressed.
A cure would mean the end of diabetes-related depression
Again, the daily grind of constantly monitoring everything that you do, feel and eat can be stressful. High blood sugar levels can cause depression. Fighting lows can create fatigue and depressions as well. When you are depressed, it can make it impossible to function properly or even get out of bed.
If there was a cure, people with Type 1 diabetes wouldn’t be worried about how to pay for their supplies
Highs and lows can cause depression but the stress of trying to figure out how you will pay for your diabetes supplies can also create anxiety and depression.
Diabetes is an expensive disease to properly manage. You must be able to afford insulin (which if you live in the US, is no small feat!). You will need to check your blood glucose with a glucometer and test strips at least or, ideally, monitor it with a continuous glucose monitor.
Finally, you must somehow be able to get the insulin into your body either through multiple daily injections or an insulin pump. All these things cost money and must be used multiple times during the day. The costs quickly add.
If there was a cure for Type 1 diabetes, we would no longer fear missed diagnoses
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes often look like the flu. You feel tired and nauseous. You are thirsty and need to use the washroom a lot.
Even doctors can overlook the obvious signs of diabetes and treat you with antibiotics to cure the flu. When you have Type 1 diabetes, not getting insulin right away can be deadly. If we had a cure for diabetes, we wouldn’t have to fear a diagnosis being overlooked. We could give a person the cure just in case and save their life!
If there was a cure for Type 1 diabetes, it would no longer kill our children
Whether it is dead in bed, depression, insulin rationing, or misdiagnosis, type 1 diabetes is deadly. It is not the “no big deal” that the general public often believes.
This past weekend, our community lost another child. She was 23 years old. She was a mother, a sister, and a daughter gone far too soon. Sadly, she was not the only one with type 1 diabetes to die this week. By one person’s count, she was the third person that they had heard of this week. Three people living with type 1 diabetes dead in one week.
I wish I could say that was rare but it isn’t . I wish I could say that this is the first family that I had known for years to lose a loved one but it isn’t. My heart breaks.
Type 1 diabetes costs countries millions of dollars in health care and lost wages. It costs families in stress, worry, financial hardship and grief. The cost to the individuals living with type 1 diabetes is the highest.
For them, the constant stress of blood glucose checking, insulin dosing, carb counting, paying for supplies, visiting clinicians, and the unpredictable swings of blood glucose levels is unimaginable. For those individuals living with type 1 diabetes, the ultimate cost of living with this disease can be quality of life and even life itself. We need a cure.
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