DIABETES IN SOCIETY Reviewed by Momizat on . Ahmed Hussein and Rasha Noureldin are a married couple who live in the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed is 34 years old has been living with type 1 diabetes for more Ahmed Hussein and Rasha Noureldin are a married couple who live in the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed is 34 years old has been living with type 1 diabetes for more Rating: 0
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Ahmed Hussein and Rasha Noureldin are a married couple who live in the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed is 34 years old has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 16 years. He is an Egyptian civil construction engineer and she is a pharmacist. Ahmed depends on Rasha to help him care for his diabetes, and calls her his ‘maestro’. Below Ahmed discusses how important it was when he finally met someone who accepted his diabetes, and Rasha discusses how she helps Ahmed care for his type 1 diabetes.

At 9 am, the alarm goes off and I wake up again, but this time my blood sugar is 95 mg/dl, which is very good. Unfortunately, I’m not hungry because if my sugar was elevated the entire night, it can suppress my appetite. Nevertheless, I have to eat something before going to the fitness centre. I eat one banana or a cereal bar and reduce the basal rate on my insulin pump to 80% in order not to have hypoglycemia or a low blood sugar while I work out. As a precaution, I carry glucose tablets and my glucose meter with me to the gym. After I exercise, I check my blood sugar and use my insulin pump again for another bolus of insulin otherwise I might get another high blood sugar later. For lunch, I decide to have noodles with sauce – pretty typical for a student – but I have to weigh the noodles first, because it’s impossible to estimate by sight how many grams of carbohydrate are in a handful. I start calculating and figure I need one unit of insulin for 12 g of carbohydrate. After lunch, I work on my thesis, which is a diabetes related topic. Two hours after having food I am checking my blood sugar again. I have a bit of a headache and I am feeling tired again. The result of my blood glucose test is 220 mg/ dl. What can I say? The ups and downs are a part of my life. I stay positive and try to look yforward to a stable blood sugar for the rest of my day

diabeties in society

‘When diabetes is a part of family
life, it is very important that everyone
in the family understands all the

diabetes requirements and helps their
loved one try to live a stable life.’

Ahmed: ‘Before I met Rasha, I wandered between Egypt and

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UAE for a couple of years, searching for my soul mate. I often bumped into people who did not accept the idea of partnering with me because of my diabetes. Last year, my heart fell into the hands of Rasha, who accepted my diabetes and believes that people living with diabetes have the same rights as healthy individuals to live, love, and build a family. Since we married, my life has become warmer and rosier and today, we are living every moment anticipating the arrival of our first child in four months!’

Rasha: ‘Even though I am a trained pharmacist, the skills I learned did not include a complete understanding on how to properly manage type 1 diabetes. When I met Ahmed, I released I was too uninformed about his diabetes, and I read all I could to learn about the dietary requirements for Ahmed, including cooking foods low in fat and sugar as well a paying attention to dietary proteins and whole grains. I also started accepting the idea that eating whole grain carbohydrates would even improve my health and lifestyle. On a daily basis, I ensure that Ahmed’s meals are taken on time and in an organised manner. Every

morning, I wake up early and prepare his meals so he will avoid eating junk food, which hurt him in the long run.

Since blood glucose testing technology has vastly improved over the years, the new smaller sized blood glucose

meters

make it very easy to monitor Ahmed’s blood glucose levels frequently.

I make sure Ahmed takes his blood glucose meter with him everywhere he goes and I find it very easy for him to

test especially when I insist that he tests frequently! In terms of troubleshooting, I always keep sweets in Ahmed’s pocket so that if he suddenly feels hypoglycemia or a low blood sugar, he immediately takes sugar or glucose. He keeps sweets at his work desk, in his car, at home, and in his pocket

When diabetes is a part of family life, it is very important that everyone in the family understands all the diabetes requirements and helps their loved one try to live a stable life. One of the reasons Ahmed and I do so well is because we are so very cooperative with each other. We do our best to understand all the requirements. Ahmed’s engineering studies have made him extremely good at planning and organizing and we have a good team of doctors amicably assisting and helping us out whenever the need arises.

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