Military veterans are referred to those people who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans (although not all military conflicts or areas in which armed combat takes place, are necessarily referred to as wars).
Being in the armed forces, subjects these soldiers to many horrors on and off the battlefield. When military veterans retire from active service and come back home, they have been found to have trouble adjusting and adapting to mainstream life, as civilians. There are a few theories as to why diabetes affects veterans. On rejoining society as civilians, it has been found that these veterans find it very hard to hold down a job.
Living with diabetes further complicates the issue. Not being able to keep a steady job, results in low income, therefore resulting in poor lifestyle choices. This is like a downward spiral; no job- low income- poor housing, poor eating habits, all resulting in obesity.
Retired military veterans are also known to be aloof. When such people are diagnosed with diabetes, the social withdrawal is more acute and interferes with the effective management of the condition. They have little or no interest in life and most of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. In conjunction with having diabetes, this may result in them not taking medicines systematically and not going for regular health checkups to check the blood sugar level etc.
We need to reach out to these people, help them enter mainstream society with minimum effort and support them to efficiently cope with diabetes. This can be done by educating them about diabetes- facts, cures and treatment options.
These are the heroes who risk their life each day, while we sleep soundly in our beds.
E88 – Diabetes And Retired Military Veterans – www.diabetic.today