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Diabetes – invisible illness | Gothenburg Post

In Sweden, about half a million people are ill with diabetes, but although it is a long-term disease, it is relatively invisible. World Diabetes Day will change. This is a day to provide better knowledge of a chronic disease that causes five people every day.

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In 1991, World Diabetes Day, when the world's disease has dramatically increased, was launched on the initiative of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO. The fact that it's only November 14th is due to the fact that Frederick Banting was born on November 14th. Banting with Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921.

Cajsa Lindberg is the chair of diabetes association.

"As I see it, this day is important because it is an invisible illness both to the sick person and to the general public, because it has a lot of knowledge. It is a day when we only talk about diabetes, it is necessary.

Do you think it's changing?

"It began in the 1990s, so I do not know what was in the past, but I'd guess that it has changed. More people have learned about the disease, says Cajsa Lindberg.

Two types of diabetes

The Diabetic Association believes that, in addition to the 500,000 people with diabetes, another 150,000 people are ill, although not aware.

Both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes mean that you have high blood sugar, but the reason for it is different and the type of treatment is different.

Body type 1 does not cause any other insulin because diabetes attacks the immune system in pancreas insulin producing cells. Therefore, insulin should be injected from the first day by injection, and today there is no medicine for this disease.

The most common type of type 2 diabetes. 85-90 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2, and this usually affects the elderly. Insulin looks like insulin in type 2, but it's not enough. The required weight, inactive lifestyle, stress and high age increases the risk of getting type 2.

None of the 2 types can still be cured, but lifestyle changes with physical activity and changing eating habits can stabilize blood glucose.

On wednesday at noon At 20:00, diabetes is being transmitted, which will increase knowledge about the disease, and will attract funds for research.

Diabetic Symptoms:

Increases thirst, kisses more often and in larger volumes.

Weight loss


Looks unclear.

Recurrent urinary tract infections.

Type 1 disease is from several days to a few weeks with clear symptoms.

However, in type 2 diabetes, glucose levels in the blood slowly increase longer and the symptoms are much less clear.

Source: Diabetes Association

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