This campaign was designed as a social experiment in which three people known to the public ethers – Kristin Garklava, Magnuss Eriņš and Edgars Bāliņš – will try their daily routines to live and match strength with diabetes, the role of musician, improvised theater actor Nauris Brikmanis.
During the social experiment, on November 14 and 15, participants will have the opportunity to survive and, through various assignments and tests, to enjoy the daily lives of diabetic patients on their skin – situations where diabetes is always smooth, making them feel step by one step, surprising at a time when it is least expected, greatly inhibits human activity and behavior, and sometimes even creates things that are inaccurate, but also health and life-threatening moments.
"I would never think that diabetic patients must be constantly" alive "and prepared to bear a lot of different inconveniences. When I wear thick clothes, I can" enjoy "hot spells – a typical situation when a sudden increase in blood glucose increases diabetic patients who begin to heal more strongly. "on my skin" I feel it like a sudden drop in blood glucose, a diabetic patient experiences visual impairment, and a never-ending check of sugar levels and continuous carbohydrate counting … Remembering everything something that these people must face every day, we must be promoted to others, sympathy, understanding, and willingness to support and help, "said Kristin Garklava, a participant in the experiment, when she listened to her daily experiences with diabetes.
Diabetes, also known as "diabetes" in this country, occurs when the body has low insulin levels. The number of diabetic patients registered in Latvia has tripled in less than twenty years – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2001, 29,492 people suffered from diabetes, while in 2017 it was diagnosed with 91,571 people. Unfortunately, the majority of the population does not understand the symptoms and development of this disease, and the importance of supporting the quality of the daily lives of patients with diabetes, sensitivity, and the ability to deal with critical situations.
"People with diabetes need emotional and psychological support, knowledgeable and highly educated people every day, especially in educational institutions, in family doctor practices and in local government, as well as in diabetes management." information about current events in diabetes care, state funding for disposable needles, strong sugar control and new technology, available specialists and also the opportunity to share experiences and participate in training, "said Krista Teivane, patient association Latvian Diabetes Center founder and leader, who has "lived" for diabetes for 28 years now.
As Christ said, diabetic patients are faced with several problems every day. Increased or decreased blood sugar can cause sweating, pallor and weakness, hands and feet throat, somnolence, loss of appetite or increased hunger, inability to concentrate, confusion and disorientation, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness, increased heart rate, slowing down , vision blurred speech and many other complications. Similarly, conditions such as stress, physical activity and air temperature can be affected by diabetes health. In addition, if high or low blood sugar is not removed, diabetic patients can experience seizures, loss of seizures and consciousness. On the other hand, if you don't receive the amount of insulin needed to ensure low sugar levels, it can be poisoned with ketones (acetone), which can cause death without medical help.
Doctors say that diabetes can be ignored at first, and it is a very serious disease that cannot be treated easily. "When it comes to diabetes, it is important to pay attention to your health every day and to always check your blood sugar levels. If you feel unwell, patients can easily fall into a variety of very serious complications, including impaired vision, even blindness, damage on the nerves and blood vessels, which can cause leg amputation, cardiovascular disease and diabetic nephropathy, or progressive kidney disease, "said Una Lauga-Tuinina, Endocrinologist in Children & Clinical University Hospital, for health problems that can be caused by diabetes.
Social experiments can be followed up Latvian Diabetes Center website and community Facebook in the account. Latvian Diabetes Center is a patient association that cares for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, by regularly organizing joint events, seminars, training, psychotherapy counseling and master classes, as well as creative work competitions for children and adults. This magazine was created under the umbrella of the Institute Diabetes and Luminosity.