Sunday, November 14, 2010

A SCARY fact...

(NaBloPoMo Day 14) Hallie posted on her FB page a stat that scares me like crazy! I am glad she posted it and I can share it with you. It is important to know that T1 Diabetes MUST be treated with insulin.

People with T1 Diabetes do NOT produce insulin on their own. This is why they MUST inject insulin via syringe or pump when they consume any foods containing carbohydrates.

If a person with Diabetes consumes NO carbohydrates, they would still need "basal" insulin, and may live longer than 1 week.

BUT if he/she continues eating a regular diet, insulin is a MUST.

Diabetes Fact #14:Without insulin, a person with T1 Diabetes would DIE within ONE week.

Diabetes Fact #13: Type 1 Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it CAN be diagnosed in adults as well.

Diabetes Fact #12: It is important for families of Diabetic children or the people with Diabetes themselves to genuinely try to understand what we go through, to learn about Diabetes along with us, and to support us through encouraging comments.

Diabetes Fact #11: Diabetes is ALL consuming. It is NOT our life, but it is a HUGE part of it.

Diabetes Fact #10: Parents of children with Diabetes HATE when people say "I could NEVER do it!" when referring to the management of their kid's disease. In reality, YOU could, and WOULD do it if you HAD to. We probably had the same thoughts as you and now look at us, doing it 24/7.

Diabetes Fact #9: The term "Juvenile Diabetes" is outdated. We now call it "T1 Diabetes" or "Insulin Dependent Diabetes". People with this type of Diabetes will NEVER outgrow it. EVER. They will have this relentless disease until a CURE is found.

Diabetes Fact #8: A cure would be great, but a long life without complications is a close second for people with T1 Diabetes.

*Disclaimer: I am a mom of a T1 Diabetic child. I am NOT a doctor. I just play one in real life. Please do not take anything in this post or any other post on this blog as medical advice. If you have questions or concerns of your own, please seek advice from your doctor.*


Stephanie said...

That one scared me....and really puts it all in perspective for those who DON'T understand T1D, you know?

Great to meet you today. Hope we can do it again soon and my anti-social boy can get to know your kiddos. :)

Jen said...

That IS a scary fact. One I don't like to think about but a good one to make people understand how serious this disease is!

Heidi / D-Tales said...

I feel as though I just got punched in the gut, after reading that. That one hurts! (which is not your's just this stinkin' disease)

That fact reminds me of when Jack was diagnosed and the doctor told us he would have been gone within two weeks, had he not been diagnosed. We caught his D early. The thought of losing him to this disease is more than I can bear.

I will be eternally grateful for insulin.

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