By Dulce Ruelas
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Public health is about health promotion and education. However, sometimes prevention discussion is needed to stop the exacerbation of a chronic condition or creation of co-morbidities. The conversation that surrounds diabetes is a combination of these terms. Being a college student with diabetes can be cumbersome but manageable. Whether you are living on campus or commuting to classes, note that juggling diabetes and college life is possible.
The American Diabetes Association states that there are over 84.1 million Americans ages 18 and older that have prediabetes, however, there are about 193, 000 Americans under the age of 20 that have been diagnosed with diabetes. Did you know that is about .024% of the population? Become more aware of the diabetic symptoms if you have been diagnosed so that you are correctly treating this condition or if you have not been diagnosed here is what to look for:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
I also encourage you to reflect on your mental health. There are natural emotions like stress, sadness, anger and maybe even denial. However, learn to understand your body for proper self-care of enduring diabetes and being an active and productive college student.
Look at this fact sheet for understand modifications and assistance in college: http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/Advocacy/Discrimination/fact-sheet-diabetes-and-postsecondary-education.pdf
Need some strategies to deal with stress?
- American Diabetes Association. (2018). Statistics about diabetes. Retrieved on November 1, 2018 from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
- Need some strategies to deal with stress? http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/stress.html
- *Always follow the guidance of your health care provider.