Living With Diabetes

Article Date: Jul 19, 2011

It's a silent disease...because the symptoms can seem so harmless. Diabetes is very real, and affects every patient differently.

Rhonda Uhl loves soaking up gorgeous summer days. Pool time isn't down time. Exercise helps her keep her health in check.

She was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes when she was just 15.

Uhl says, "Every time that something goes into my mouth I have to do a blood sugar check and I have to give myself insulin through my pump."

Dr. Marium Ilahi says patients like Uhl, with Type One diabetes, don't produce any insulin.

That's why their treatment can be so intensive. They either use an insulin pump, or give themselves multiple injections of insulin each day.

Type Two diabetics have more flexibility when it comes to treatment.

Dr. Ilhai says, "Type 2 diabetics are those individuals whose pancreas does make insulin, but either not enough or the insulin that's being produced isn't utilized efficiently."

Dr. Ilahi says no matter what type of diabetes patients are diagnosed with, the disease can affect every part of your body without you even knowing you have it.

Dr. Ilahi says, "Diabetes is usually a silent disease. People can have high blood sugars and feel well."

Rhonda checks her blood sugars six to eight times a day.

She knows diabetes can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, and kidney issues.

Uhl says, "Like I tell other people with diabetes, you have to manage it. You have to control it. Don't let it control you."

Here are some symptoms to look for:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination

  • Unusual thirst

  • Extreme hunger

  • Unusual weight loss

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes
  • Any of the type 1 symptoms

  • Frequent infections

  • Blurred vision

  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet

  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

Remember, Type 2 diabetics often experience no symptoms.

Rebroadcast with permission of WOWT.

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