Diabetes Reply

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Kevin Luu

Diabetes, a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, has been a source of irritation and anxiety to people that have it. Over 29.1 million people suffer from this condition, but 8.1 million of people may be unaware that they have it.

About 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Most cases don’t have any symptoms, but when symptoms do occur, they include excessive thirst or urination, fatigue, weight loss, and blurry vision.

The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries.

For people with diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels in a normal range, not too high or too low, is a lifelong challenge. New technologies to ease the burden are emerging rapidly, but insurance raises challenges, supply shortages, and shifting competition makes it tough for patients to access them quickly. So, how do victims ease the pain of diabetes?

Victims can use insulin that can help. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. They can use insulin injections, but it can lead to side effects such as trouble breathing, insulin asthma, sweating, and itching skin over the entire body. EpiPens, an alternative to glucagon in the treatment of hypoglycemia in children with diabetes, can help. Glucagon can help reduce severe low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia means that you have low blood sugar.

The NPR news states, “Both continuous glucose sensing and fast-acting insulin are critical components to the development of so-called “closed-loop” or artificial pancreas systems, which aim to automate insulin delivery to the point that patients themselves don’t need to make complicated and error-prone calculations about how many carbs are in their meals or how much to cut back their insulin doses for exercise.”

Aaron Kowalski, the chief mission officer for JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, states, “I have tremendous optimism about the future for people with diabetes. These tools are really starting to improve blood sugar and making life easier. And that’s a great thing. The more options the better.” These treatments can help you ease the side effects.

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