Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed in young adults and children and used to be known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 diabetes in children and young adults means the body is not producing any insulin. Like Anna in the video, children living with type 1 diabetes must regulate their insulin levels (which as we saw can be quite the chore). Anna must keep track of her blood sugar level and the amount of carbohydrates in the foods she eats. Having a type of diabetes at a young age will affect the way that child will go about their daily life. Culture and biomedicine influences the life of a child with type 1 diabetes in a couple of ways. Culturally wise the child will have to deal with the implications of how they are viewed as someone with and incurable illness. There isn’t a cure for type 1 diabetes, just ways to manage it. These cultural constructs are a product of biomedicine and how it has made a major impact on how we view illnesses such as diabetes.
Culture and biomedicine does influence the management and treatment of type 1 diabetes. Besides the fact that living in a country in which biomedicine is the dominant form of medical treatment and that a great deal of people living with type 1 diabetes will seek biomedical care, it in turn affects their medical narrative and the way they view their illness. Other cultures may not view type 1 diabetes the same way we do in the U.S. and may choose to seek treatment in other ways.
As mentioned in the film “Placebo: Cracking the Code” humans have been using belief and healing together for quite some time now. Having a positive attitude when dealing with an illness and the belief that the illness will lessen or go away has an impact on if it will or not. For example, believing that you are taking a medication to reduce/relieve pain (even if it is a placebo) will actually make you feel better and sense a relief of pain.
“Type 1 Diabetes,” American Diabetes Association, accessed July 25 2014, http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/