Diabetes

  Diabetes is a disease that can not be cured. This is where insulin is not produced properly. The hormone insulin is what helps glucose travel the bloodstream, giving the body energy. When the glucose is not moved through the body properly it gets passed out the body after being held in the blood, so it is never used as energy. So what can be done about this chronic disease?

  Diabetes runs in my family, and I have seen first hand what this disease looks like, type one, and type two. I wanted to see what could be done by us to help keep the chronic disease under control. I also wanted to see what was being done about the disease by other people, or what was out there beginning a new generation for the people who inhabit the disease.

  Many people have this disease ranging from children to the elderly. They all have to go through the everyday struggle of keeping it under control with insulin injections, medications, exercise, and a controlled diet. They must do these things to prevent long term complications from their body not functioning correctly. The body will not function properly due to the lack of insulin production, or the bodies resistance towards this hormone.

  Type one, or Insulin-dependent diabetes is the type that you must use insulin injections to keep your blood sugar levels normal because the body produces little to no insulin. Type two, or noninsulin-dependent diabetes is when the body does produce a sufficient amount of insulin, but it is resistant to the insulin it produces. Without the medications, and injections the body will not function properly because the hormone, insulin, is what helps glucose travel through the blood stream. Glucose is the energy the body uses for all functions and processes it must go through. If not used it will pass through the body and not ever be used as the energy the body needs.

Medicines /side effects /untreated  

There are five different medications people can take:

.(injected) Insulin

oral hypoglycemic:

.Sulfonylureas

.Biguanides

.Alpha-Glucosidase

.Thiazolidinedione

These drugs do help with the symptoms of diabetes. They do not cure the disease, but they do help prevent long term complications. These aren't the only ways to help prevent long term complications. Some people also use dietary fiber, extracts, multi-vitamins and minerals. They help control your blood sugar and boost your immune functions. It may also help metabolism, blood flow, and nerve fibers

The side effects of medications used to control diabetes:

.Dizziness

.Mild Drowsiness

.Heartburn

.Changes in taste or appetite

.Mild Nausea

.Vomiting

.Stomach pain

  While these side effects seem like a big price to pay just to control the disease it is worth it because what happens if left untreated is much worse and something that cannot be reversed.

If this disease is left untreated it could lead to:

.Heart disease

.Kidney failure

.Blindness

.Nerve damage

.Amputations

But with proper management every risk is greatly reduced.

  Each person who has type one or two have a plan to treat their diabetes so that they don't increase the risks they are faced with everyday.

        

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Citations

Barrett,Eugene J., and Nora A. Barrett. "Diabetes." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

"Antidiabetic drugs." World of Health. Gale,2007. Student Resources in CONTEXT Web. 2 Apr. 2015.

"Fractyl Labs Announces Positive Clinical Data for First Procedural Therapy to Treat Type 2 Diabetes." PR Newswire 4 Sept. 2014. General OneFile. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

Murray, Michael T. "Balancing act: how to prevent long-term complications of diabetes and balance your blood sugar with natural products." Better Nutrition Nov. 2013: 28+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 7 Apr. 2015.

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