Children and teenagers are not little adults; they cannot be treated either medically or psychosocially like adults. The diagnosis of diabetes takes on very different ramifications depending on the age of the child. The tasks related to diabetes management are delegated to different family members based on the child's cognitive and physical abilities. Therefore, diabetes related tasks evolve as children pass through different developmental stages. Because of these different stages, diabetes becomes a new diagnosis with different treatment goals as each child enters a new phase of development. The strategies utilized to care for toddlers will not necessarily apply to those needed for a school aged child or adolescent. Diabetes therapy is in constant transition as children grow. Herein lays the discordance of blood sugar monitoring in a toddler and perhaps a school age child vs. an adolescent. Expectations are very different depending on the developmental stage of the child.
You develop diabetes which can lead to depression which can lead to unhealthy habits which can lead to a worsening of diabetes and.....the vicious cycle continues.
Experts know that depression can have a severely negative impact on physical health. Studies now show that there's a connection between the severity of depressive symptoms and the increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. And patients already coping with diabetes - are at risk of developing or exacerbating their depression. So patients and doctors need to understand the duality interaction between the two conditions.
What the studies have also shown is that if depression is instigated, the diabetes patient will typically turn to more food or less healthy food, which, will clearly make their blood sugars run high and cause further damage internally. They may also smoke, drink alcohol or abandon exercise (if it was in place) due to ongoing depression - all things that will...
Since I have started my blog many folks have asked me how I have progressed through the Stages of COPD. I have been asked: Do you know what caused it? How long have I had COPD? When did it start and how fast has it moved taking over my lungs? For those questions, I don’t have definitive answers. One of the easiest answers I do have is my COPD didn't start the day I was diagnosed.
My COPD started a long time ago. It may or may not have started with the first cigarette I smoked or maybe the first time I got bronchitis. My doctor tells me I was predisposed to COPD, like others are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, or kidney disease. Even if I had done everything right, lived in a bubble, exercised, ate correctly, and got plenty of rest, I could’ve or would’ve ended up with the COPD regardless.
The Stages of COPD
There are four stages of COPD: Mild, Moderate, Severe and Very Severe (which is now starting to be ...
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