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Signs And Symptoms Of Diabetes
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Signs And Symptoms Of Diabetes

It is very possible the reader may not be aware there are cases of stigmatization for people suffering from diabetes. However, the problem of diabetes may be termed as one of causes of stigmatization to the victims in the modern society. This is because some of the people suffering from diabetes have been stigmatized either in their domestic settings, at the workplace and in other social atmospheres. All the same, this is not as would be expected in other diseases such as HIV/AIDS because the extent of stigmatization may differ. Thus, in this reflection the focus is on stigmatization on people that have signs and symptoms of diabetes.

There is a told story in Jamuni Village situated at the Northern Indian State where a mother of a 14 years old daughter expressed her sadness because of the diabetic status of her daughter. Her major worry was that her daughter would not get married because of her diabetic condition. According to her mother, Mrs. Ram Anuj, the daughter suffers from type 1 diabetes and requires daily insulin injections.

The other sad issue is that even the family members did not send the girl to school together with other children since they made fun of her at the time she took her insulin. Moreover, Munni (the girl) was regarded as a burden in her family. The other problem was that Munni's family did not have sufficient resources to take care of the girl including meeting her treatment needs.

Other research indicates that stigmatization cases related to diabetes are more evident in girls. It is also because diabetes has been associated with other kind of illnesses such as mental disorder, leprosy, tuberculosis, cancer and physical disorder. Therefore, diabetes which is indeed a chronic illness must have the most severe level of stigmatization. This kind of stigmatization adversely impacts on other faculties of the individuals such as mental health and self-esteem of the diabetic patients.

It is imperative to come up with mechanisms in order to address the perennial challenges affecting diabetic patients. This is because such may occasion other problems such as emotional and behavioral hindrances that translate into depression. This also requires top-quality counseling centers for such victims and their family members where such may alleviate the challenge of stigma.

As can be seen, stigmatization on diabetic patients is a reality even if it is little talked about. It would be important for the stakeholders to conduct a primary research on the same. This is a critical issue and the sooner people of goodwill help to regulate such challenges the better. This is because much stigmatization affects the healing process of the victims at the same time suppressing their self esteem. This, in turn, lowers their enthusiasm to live positively albeit their sickly conditions.

In conclusion, the reality of stigmatization has been affirmed in this reflection. It is, therefore, imperative that every individual becomes an instrument of change and at least play a positive role towards making the life of diabetic victims better. Yes, stigmatization cannot be encouraged whatsoever and has to be uprooted by all means!


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Sherry B.  

Nice article! It is terrible how some people treat those with diabetes...especially kids with diabetes having to go to school and getting made fun of because of their condition. That really needs to be stopped!

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Sherry B Thank you very much for your comment on my article

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for sharing this.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you very much Shawn Lee for letting me share my article with you and possibly many others

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  about 1 decade ago

Very interesting perspective, Geoffrey. Sadly, it's true. My niece has been a brittle diabetic since she was just a baby, and she throughout her life, has suffered ridicule for taking her insulin shots, and was made to feel very "different." She also suffers from severe mood swings and overall, has just been written off by her peers as being unstable or at best, high maintenance. These types of symptoms of diabetes are very real and are truly challenging to handle on a day-to-day basis. Thanks for bringing awareness to these aspects of the disease.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you very much Patricia for having had time to read my article and for having found it useful. I have been diabetic for the last 10 years injecting myself with 46 units of insulin daily until the last three years when I refused to take any more insulin. I went for alternative remedy and I am now out of insulin. I live a very positive life. Solution for diabetes will not come from insulin. It will come from the one who will treat the pancreas to work for itself but not by feeding it with insulin like a baby. I might be that person

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  about 1 decade ago

I am so happy to hear that you are treating your diabetes with alternative treatments. Amazing. I hope and pray that you are that person, too!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Very good Article Geoffrey. I found it an informative and interesting read.

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  about 1 decade ago

I salute you Jewel for your positive comment on my comment. Thank you

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  about 1 decade ago
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