Editor's note: This piece was authored by D&A board member Valentine Reed-Johnson, RN
As a Registered Dietitian, working with diabetes almost every day can desensitize me to the real challenges that this serious condition brings. I am thrilled to get a chance to speak on behalf of so many out there struggling, and shed a light on what someone with diabetes goes through post diagnosis.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease which develops in those with genetic predispositions. The organ most responsible is the pancreas and the hormone is insulin. Without insulin functioning the way it should, the sugar we consume cannot feed our cells. People often forget this can be life threatening if not taken seriously, and the management of this condition is certainly no walk in the park.