What is diabetes? In this blog, we will cover the basics of diabetes and how wearing a medical id can be lifesaving.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020, as of 2018, approximately 10.5% of the American population had diabetes. More than 1 in 4 people were not aware they had the disease. Making sure one is aware of their medical diagnosis will help keep them as healthy as possible. Once diagnosed, wearing a medical ID bracelet is crucial to inform others of your condition in the case of a medical emergency.
What are the types of diabetes?
What is diabetes type 1? Type 1 is when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, which the body needs in order to allow glucose, or sugar, to enter a person’s cells and produce energy. Type 1 is the most severe form of the disease.
What is diabetes type 2? This is the most common form of diabetes. Someone with type 2 diabetes can still produce insulin, although the cells still cannot properly take in the glucose.
What are the symptoms?
Either type of diabetes can develop at any point in life. It’s important to understand the warning signs and get treatment as soon as possible. Symptoms include a sudden onset of increased thirst and urination, rapid weight loss, extreme hunger and fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and unpleasant breath and itchy skin.
What are the risks?
Diabetes causes an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, nerve damage, cataracts and glaucoma, gastroparesis, and ketoacidosis. Due to the lack of insulin, the body uses other hormones to turn fat into energy which results in the body producing high levels of toxic acids called ketones which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Someone with diabetes also has an increased risk of infection, including bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the blood, and, if left untreated, it can lead to damage of the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and even coma or death. However, with insulin therapy, diabetes is not curable – but is treatable.
How does a medical id help?
Medical id bracelets include a person’s name, conditions, and emergency contact information. A medical bracelet can be the key to saving someone’s life. If wearing a medical id, in the case of a health crisis, a first responder will have more information and be able to better help the person as they are more aware of their needs. This also includes pointing out any allergies or dangerous drug interactions a person might have. Wearing a medical bracelet or necklace helps bring peace of mind to a person and their family. StickyJ® offers a wide variety of medical id’s, pre-engraved with diabetic conditions, for everyone!