Use of illegal drugs makes it difficult to impossible to take care of your type 1 diabetes properly. You don't eat properly, take your insulin, or exercise when you're high. Just the expense of keeping up with your illegal drug habit may interfere with buying your medications. In addition, each illegal drug has its own negative side effects that can make you sick or complicate your diabetes. Here are the specific negative consequences of various illegal drugs:
1 Marijuana (grass, weed, bud, cannabis) increases appetite, so you take in too many calories.
1 Amphetamine (speed, Dex, crank, whizz, sulph) and Ecstasy (E, eckies, MDMA, X, adam, bean, roll, doves) speed up the metabolism, leading to hypoglycemia because you usually aren't eating properly while you're on the drug.
1 Cocaine (coke, snow, nose candy, dust, toot) and freebase cocaine (crack, rock) cause diminished food intake and failure to take medications.
1 Heroin (dope, junk, smack) has the same effects as cocaine but also involves an injection through which hepatitis and HIV/AIDS can be passed.
The best way to avoid the consequences of illegal drugs is never to start them. They're powerful enough that just one experience can get you hooked.
For much more information about illegal drug use, try either of these valuable Web sites:
^ www.drug-rehabs.org/illegal-drugs.htm: At this site, you can find rehabilitation centers for every type of drug abuse, including alcohol. It also contains information about the various illegal and legal drugs that are abused.
^ www.drugabuse.gov/OtherResources.html: This Web site from the National Institute on Drug Abuse tells you where to find information on every aspect of drug abuse and its consequences.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...