The campaign was conceived as a social experiment in which the three known ethers of the community – Kristin Garklava, Magnuss Eriņš and Edgars Bāliņš – will experience their daily routines. live and combine forces with diabetes, a role of the musician, improvisational theater actor Nauris Brikmanis.
During the social experiment, on November 14 and 15, participants will have the opportunity to survive and, through various tasks and tests, take advantage of the daily lives of diabetic patients in their skin – situations in which diabetes is constant, feel it step by step, sometimes surprising when it is least expected, greatly hindering any human activity and behavior, and sometimes even creating inaccurate things, but also moments of health and risk of life.
"I would never have thought that diabetic patients should" live "constantly and be prepared to withstand so many different inconveniences.When I was dressed in thick clothes, I was able to" enjoy "periods of heat – a typical situation in which an increase "On my skin" I felt like a sudden drop in blood glucose, a diabetic patient suffering from visual impairment and an examination of their endless sugar levels and the continuous count of carbohydrates. .. Given all that these people have to face every day, we should be promoted to other sympathy, understanding and willingness to support and help, "says Kristin Garklava, an experiment participant, while listening to their daily experiences with diabetes.
Diabetes, also known as "diabetes" in the country, occurs when the body has low levels of insulin. The number of diabetic patients registered in Latvia has tripled in less than 20 years – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001, 29,492 people had diabetes, while in 2017 it was diagnosed with 91,571 people. Unfortunately, much of the population does not understand the symptoms and progress of the disease and the importance of supporting the diabetic's daily quality of life, sensitivity, and coping with critical situations.
"People with diabetes need emotional and psychological support, well-informed and well-educated people every day, especially in educational institutions, family practice doctors and local governments, as well as diabetes management." information on current events in diabetes treatment, state funding for single-use needles, strong sugar control and new technologies, readily available experts and also the opportunity to share experiences and participate in training, "said Krista Teivane, Patient Associations Latvian Diabetes Center founder and leader who has "lived" for diabetes for 28 years.
As Christ says, patients with diabetes face some problems on a daily basis. High or low blood sugar can cause sweating, pallor and weakness, pain in the hands and feet, drowsiness, loss of appetite or increased hunger, inability to concentrate, confusion and disorientation, nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness, increase heart rate, slow speech and many other complications. Likewise, conditions such as stress, physical activity and air temperature can be affected by the well-being of the diabetic. In addition, if the high or low blood sugar level is not eliminated, the diabetic patient may experience even convulsions, loss of convulsions, and consciousness. On the other hand, if you do not get the required amount of insulin to ensure a low sugar level, it can be poisoned with ketones (acetone), which can lead to death in the absence of medical care.
Doctors say that diabetes can be neglected in the beginning, and it is a very serious illness that can not be treated lightly. "When it comes to diabetes, it's important to pay attention to your health every day and constantly check your blood sugar levels.If you do not feel well, the patient can easily fall into several very serious complications, including visual impairment, blindness , damage to nerves and blood vessels. " can cause amputation of the legs, cardiovascular disease and diabetic nephropathy, or progressive kidney disease, "says Una Lauga-Tuinina, an endocrinologist at the University Hospital of Clínica Infantil, for the health problems that may be caused by diabetes.
The social experiment can be followed Latvian Diabetes Center website and partnerships Facebook in the account. Latvian Diabetes Center is a patient association that cares for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, regularly organizing joint events, seminars, training, counseling, psychotherapist and master classes, as well as creative work competitions for children and adults. The magazine was created under the umbrella of the Society Diabetes and Luminosity.