A person diagnosed with diabetes, a disease in which blood sugar levels cannot be managed by the body due to lack of production or failure to react to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. This hormone that plays an important part in regulating metabolism by assisting in the absorption of certain compounds. The production of glucose; a simple sugar that circulates in our blood stream, derails due to insulin acting as an inhibitor. As such, a diabetes patient will require a lifetime of medical treatment in managing his or her blood sugar levels.
A wide array of complications can arise as a result of having diabetes. But primarily the disease gradually deals damage to blood vessels and causes irregularities in the nervous system. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to far-reaching permanent damage resulting to blindness, the onset of other diseases, and amputation of limbs due to substandard circulation.
The Three Types of Diabetes
Type 1 – This type of diabetes pertains to the inability, or erratic, production of insulin. Classified as partially inherited, the most glaring trigger for Type 1 diabetes is diet. In a world that puts less value on price have caused most modern day meals to consist of processed food, chemical preservatives, and abnormally high sugar contents.
Treatment for Type 1 diabetes – insulin injections, a drastic change in diet, plus regular exercise.
Type 2 – Type 2 diabetes is defined by the body’s poor reception or added resistance to insulin. As with Type 1 diabetes, this disease is caused by an unhealthy diet. Most likely, a patient suffering from Type 2 diabetes falls under the “obese” weight category. Leading a sedentary lifestyle with barely any exercise is hypothesized to cause nearly 10% of Type 2 diabetes.
Treatment for Type 2 diabetes – may or may not include insulin injections, medication, weight loss and exercise.
Gestational Diabetes – Gestational diabetes displays characteristics of the first two categories of diabetes. A blend of low production and lack of response to insulin, this type of diabetes can happen during pregnancy. However, gestational diabetes is completely curable.
Treatment for Gestational Diabetes – modifications to diet, may or may not include insulin injections.
The challenges of Diabetes as a disability
Being diagnosed with diabetes of any type is not a matter to be taken lightly, given that consequences of this disease adds bearing to proper treatment and constant medical attention. Also, the cost of medicine, healthy food, and doctor’s fees can take its toll financially. Symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss and frequent urination can also pose as a hindrance when it comes to a person’s livelihood.
If you or a loved one is afflicted by diabetes that has severely limited your ability to function normally at home or at work, contact First Support in Toronto today. We can help you get the disability tax credit that you’re entitled to so that you can continue to get the help you need to combat diabetes.