Do you really know what is diabetes? It is funny how one of the most spread pandemic of our century, is so unknown by still so many people.
Let us explain what diabetes is in a very clear and simple way…
Diabetes can be defined as a metabolic disorder that results from a deficient release of a hormone called insulin. This hormone is made by our pancreas and allows the glucose in our blood to reach our cells. Without insulin, there is an excess of glucose in our blood that can damage our organs, so it is necessary to take some action to prevent it.
This is when insulin treatments appear.
There are more than 415 millions of people in the world diagnosed with diabetes. In the UK, the amount has increased in the last years to more than 3.8 million. Besides, there are around one million with undiagnosed diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetes
There are some symptoms that are common of diabetes, and many times ignored.
Here you have a list of the most frequent ones, that are very easy to check:
- Are you losing weight without dieting?
- Do you feel thirsty most of the time?
- Do you go to the toilet more than usual?
- Have you experienced blurry vision?
- Are you tired quite often without exercising?
- Do you have itching feet?
If you or your children experience some of them, do not panic! We just recommend you to see your doctor and have a checkup.
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Types of diabetes
Type 1 and Type 2 are the most known types of diabetes, but we can also talk about other rarer types, such as gestational diabetes that can affect women during their pregnancy and that ends after giving birth.
We are going to explain the symptoms and main features of the most common types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune: your pancreas cannot release insulin at all because your own body attacks the cells that produce it. The carbohydrates we eat turn into glucose as usual, but since there is no insulin to carry this glucose to our cells and fuel our body, it is kept in our blood. The result? High glucose levels in our blood that can lead to a damage in our organs.
Here is where insulin pens and pumps come into play: they supply you with the insulin you need to take control on the glucose produced in your body.
This type of diabetes is more common in children and teenagers, but it can also develop in adult people. It may show no symptoms at the very beginning but some may appear later, such as weight loss, blurry vision, extreme thirst, excessive urination, tingling feet, dry skin, or even itchiness.
This type of diabetes is also irreversible. Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will need to have an insulin treatment for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 Diabetes
This is the most common type of diabetes. In this case, the insulin produced by the pancreas is not enough or ineffective.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by different reasons, such as overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle or a poor diet, or even due to ageing. Its symptoms may be the same as in the case of diabetes type 1, but there can be some others such as bladder or kidney infections. This is due to the fact that, as in diabetes type 1, these symptoms may not show or are ignored. People can live with type 2 diabetes for even 10 years before being diagnosed!
The good thing about type 2 diabetes is that most of the times no medication is needed. Just a healthy lifestyle, some exercise and a balanced diet can be enough to level your blood glucose.
How to manage diabetes on a daily basis
When people are diagnosed with diabetes and need to receive insulin treatment, their lives change completely. Now they need to remember to take their daily doses of insulin, to always control their levels of glucose in blood, to keep their insulin in good conditions… and to write down all this information related with their disease.
Luckily technology can be used nowadays to improve the lives of people with diabetes. It is the case of Insulclock, a device that has been created with the aim of helping people with diabetes in their daily life, making it easier not only for patients, but also for healthcare professionals.
We are so sure that it will help anybody with diabetes, that we are offering our system for free: we will send it to your home and you will just pay for the shipping costs.
No more insulin doses forgotten
As we were saying, life for diabetic people changes completely as now they need to remember to take the insulin their pancreas is not producing. This action will be performed several times each day, for the rest of their lives. It is quite frequent that diabetics forget to take a dose of insulin every now and then, or that they cannot remember whether it was already taken.
With the Insulclock device, it is easy to set alarms for the times when the insulin needs to be injected. In case you forget to take your dose, Insulclock will send you a friendly reminder. This also applies when the person with diabetes is a beloved one: you will have some piece of mind while monitoring their doses of insulin.
No more suboptimal doses
Ok, so you may be good at remembering taking your doses. But did you know there is an injection duration that manufacturers advise to guarantee the correct administration of the insulin? This has to be of at least 7 seconds, though the time recommended is around 10. Just few people count the seconds of their insulin injections, which means that many diabetic people are taking suboptimal doses.
Insulclock helps counting the injection duration for you: when the 10 seconds recommended have passed, the device will display both visual and audible signals that will confirm you the dose has been injected successfully.
Information about your diabetes automatically stored
Besides the insulin pen, the diabetic diary becomes the best friend of those diagnosed with this disease. As mentioned before, diabetic patients now need to track somehow their daily levels of glucose, the type and units of insulin injected, their meals, and all relevant information that will help them and their healthcare professionals to follow the development of their diabetes.
This manual, pen-and-paper task is now automated with the Insulclock device. With just one click you will have access to all this information stored in your mobile device, and it will be easy to share it with your healthcare professional whenever you choose. As simple as sending an email.
Insulclock will tell you the temperature of your insulin
Insulin pens need to be kept under a range of temperatures. Otherwise, insulin can be damaged and result ineffective.
Insulclock will track the temperature of exposure of your insulin and warn you whenever any of the temperature limits is reached. Think about the money you can save by keeping your insulin pens under the recommended temperature conditions.
Try Insulclock to improve your diabetes treatment
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or want to improve the insulin treatment of a beloved one, Insulclock will be like a caregiver, made to improve quality life, and saving you money and time.
You have now the chance to try it for free, for a whole month. And if by the end of your trial you want to return it, no problem! But if you keep it, it will be half-priced. Only during this promotion!
From Insulclock, we will keep working hard to help people with diabetes improve their lives.