Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
August 18, 2003
Question from Bronx, New York, USA:
I'm confused, and I would like you to help me out. simple question -- Is diabetes a chronic disease? I ask this because some people say it is not a chronic disease, because it is treatable. But -- I think it is chronic, and other people say it is because it is a long-term disease, and it has no cure. Please would you tell me if it is one or the other and why? I'm really confused!
I don’t know if there is any formal “definition”, but I would certainly consider diabetes a chronic condition as it can’t be cured, although as you say it can be controlled. I also have difficulty calling it a “disease” as I think of a “disease” as a condition that makes you feel sick. When controlled, people with diabetes do not feel sick, as you say. I think technically it is probably still a chronic disease even when well controlled. You might feel more comfortable referring to it as a “chronic condition” rather than a “chronic disease.” Let’s hope soon we will have a cure and won’t have to worry about whether or not to call it a “disease.”