We’ve heard about many stars getting diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, there are roughly 171 million people in the world who are diabetics. From the music legend Elvis Presley to the renowned Hollywood actress Halle Berry, from famous talk show host Larry King to teen heartthrob and musician Nick Jonas, diabetes does not choose the people to afflict. The people in your community and the people who surround you may also be afflicted with diabetes. Even your own self may be dealing with thoughts of diabetes and its effects on your job as of this very moment.
Finding you that you have diabetes is difficult. Living with it can take the difficulty level to another new dimension. But really, if the famous stars survived living with diabetes with the spotlight glowering over them, you can do it too.
But first, let’s get acquainted with diabetes. Diabetes mellitus or DM is a condition that occurs when a person constantly has high blood sugar mainly caused by either the body’s inability to create insulin or the incapability of the body’s cells to respond to the insulin produced. There are three classifications of diabetes mellitus. The type I is an outcome of the body’s lack of ability to produce insulin. Type II is a condition wherein the cells of the body fail to respond to the insulin manufactured by the body. Meanwhile, Gestational Diabetes (GD) is diabetes that occurs solely during pregnancy.
The three main signs and symptoms of Diabetes are frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. These symptoms tend to develop after only a few week or months especially in type I diabetes. In type II diabetes, however, symptoms are subtler compared to type I diabetes.
In the workplace setting, many employers and coworkers do not fully grasp the concept of diabetes and treat it as a disability. This, in turn, promotes discrimination for many employees with diabetes. Numerous diabetics realized that living with diabetes can be challenging but equally easy for it rarely gives a negative impact on their work and everyday life.
In spite of the available insulin shots and tablets utilized to treat the excessive blood sugar experienced by many diabetics, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia are still possible. Nevertheless, most diabetics feel the warning signs of diabetes and immediately take action into bringing their blood sugar back into the safety zone.
There are few job restrictions for people with diabetes. As long as it is not highly dangerous and risky, diabetics can work for thousands of jobs. Employers need not give diabetics any special treatments. As long as work keeps on regular hours and there are available snack times, diabetics can work efficiently. Diabetics are usually self-controlled and goal-oriented, a few virtues that will prove to be cherished in many jobs.
Diabetes may be difficult to adapt with at first. But living with it is a continuous cycle of learning to control your diet, exercise and lifestyle so as to avoid any untoward circumstances from occurring can be greatly beneficial to your life. Diabetes is not something you cannot overcome. Instead, think of it as a mountain you have to climb to achieve success.
May 13 2010, 11:49 AM