Well type 2 can usually be controlled through medication(like pills), diet, and exercise. Type one diabetes is a part of one's every waking moment. You can die from both in relatively slow and painful ways, or black out and die in your sleep. When my sibling was little, my mum was always worried about them...
Best answer: Well type 2 can usually be controlled through medication(like pills), diet, and exercise. Type one diabetes is a part of one's every waking moment. You can die from both in relatively slow and painful ways, or black out and die in your sleep. When my sibling was little, my mum was always worried about them dying in the middle of the night in case they were going low. Now that's not very possible, from what i've heard it takes a few hours for permanent brain damage and several days for death.
In the long run, if you don't take care of your diabetes you can lose your limbs, eyesight, etc. if you don't go to the doctor. These days, a one year check up will catch any damage to your eyes from diabetes, and type one diabetics normally have to go to the doctor every 3 to 4 months. Even if you do go to the doctor, you'll shorten your lifespan if you don't take care of yourself. Before modern medical tools for diabetes, such as handheld blood testing kits, the average lifespan for diabetics was around 30 to 40 years.
Diabetes also affects day to day life, you're supposed to check your bloodsugar before and after bedtime, before each meal, and if you're having trouble with mornings, you're supposed to check at 2 am. My sibling is lucky because they have a pump that does a multitude of complicated math for them and gives them insulin every hour on the hour. Most diabetics aren't rich enough for a pump and have to inject long term insulin into themselves every 6 hours or so.
Then there is low and high bloodsugar. The symptoms vary a ton, from vomiting and sweatiness to headaches and trembling (vomiting is generally only if you have ketoacidosis), so it can interfere with daily life if you throw away all semblance of caring about your bloodsugar.
So diabetes is pretty bad but it's livable. Typically if you have a good handle on your diabetes you can plan for just about anything and come out on top. It doesn't work well with a lot of unplanned exercise though.
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