OK, im going to warn everyone who reads this, my use of discussions are never really of a serious nature so if your reading this and begin to think " this is a waste of my time" i have already warned you!
But id like to discuss the change of treatment, attitudes social stigmas and other areas of diabetes that have changed or developed over the past decades.
What have you noticed? do you feel like there has been many changes? what do you feel still needs to change?
Ill begin with the change in treatment. Because my father has been a type one since he was 7 he remembers the needles being huge. He remembers taking two needles a day right up to 2002 ( old fashioned pig insulin) until an endo slated his treatment as being completely outdated and belonged in the 1950's! He only got his first glucose kit the same year which is maddness if you think about it!
None the less my fathers health remained fantastic throughout his life and he is still very healthy to this day ( recently recieved two medals for living with diabetes for 50 years)
With all the different gadgets and "designer insulins" and different meds we diabetics now have a world or advanced technology at our hands, we may even say we are spoiled , this is one of the biggest changes throughout the years and all for the better. With the objective information now at our feet i believe there are others areas in which to takkle, such as social, emotional and psychologicall supprt. The statistics on increased mental ill health for diabetics are considerably alot higher then the general person. We now need to find new ways to provide the individual with personal support so we can lessen the burden of the disease. Ive done alot of research on complience with young teen and adult patients and the shocking numbers or secretive distructive behavours are very damaging such as binge eating, smoking and diabulimia. We need to change the attitudes of the doctors who feel "they know whats best for you and what will work" Diabetes is not the death sentence it once was so we need to move forward with our thinking just like we have with our advanced medical technology.
Throughout his life he did however keep it a secret from others. When offered job oppertunities he held back in reveling information just in case it did not stand in his favour. We can understand why someone would do this but heres a question, do diabetics still feel the need to this now a days??
He also never once injected or tested infront of other people until i became diagnosed. He would find the nearest toilets and return for his food. Although i still believe many people do this now adays i think with the increased numbers of people being diagnosed along with the better technology, this will soon be a thing of the past!! No more diabetics "shooting up " in the hidden closet! Parents now a days are better educated and will teach their children that this condition is nothing to be secretive about!
I suppose this question links up to the stigma and attutudes aspect. Do you still think there are some underlying attitudes and stigmas attached towards people with diabetes? There are still some aspects or discrimination within the law which are unfair i find. For example Because im diabetic i need to renew my drivers licence every 3 years while my friends have to renew theirs every ten years. Health and home insurance is 300 percent higher for diabetics in my country!! Then there are certain career choices that a diabetic cannot undertake due to their condition. Do you think this will ever change??
Doees the wider community need to be informed more on the condition ? should we be educating children in schools about the importance of healthy living and conditions such as diabetes? Could this healp with the negative stigma attached and make a difference?
Well ive said my piece. If anyone has anything to add please do!! if your of a "different generation" of diabetes what changes have you noticed?? What do you think still needs to change?
Thanks a mill for reading
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