Natural Disaster Emergency Checklist for Diabetics
Diabetes is a disease that is relatively easy to manage with food and exercise. Most diabetics that have been living with the disease for a long time know just what they can and cannot have to avoid a spike in their glucose levels. But in avoiding certain foods, do diabetics get the amount of nutrition their bodies to need to function well? Cutting out foods that are high in natural and processed sugars is all well and good, but there needs to be a balance to replace whatsoever nutrients may go missing by eliminating some foods from the diet.
Type I and Type II Diabetes
There are two main types of diabetes. Type I and Type II and both are different in the way that they affect the body and the ways in which they’re treated. In Type I diabetes, the body cannot create insulin because the immune system of the body will attack the cells in the pancreas that are responsible for that task. This is the form of diabetes that is most commonly found in children and young adults. Treatment for this type is taking daily insulin shots as well as strict dietary management and monitoring of blood glucose levels.
Type II diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults of middle age, but can also be found in children and is often brought on by obesity. While the pancreas in type II diabetes can sometimes make insulin, it may not make enough or the body will not use what is made efficiently. A third form of diabetes is gestational diabetes that is only found in pregnant women and usually only develops during pregnancy and disappears after.
Most diabetics know that they need to stay on top of their either their insulin injections or their diet to be sure that they don’t fall ill. But what happens in the event of a natural disaster? What things can be done to ensure that not only do diabetics have the resources they need during the event, but afterwards as well?