Diabetes : An Incurable Disease

1248 WordsApr 30, 20165 Pages
How would your life change if you were diagnosed with a life-threatening disease that you were told was incurable? Although there are tons of incurable diseases that people face every day, one of the major ones is diabetes. Diabetes is an incurable disease that not only affect the person diagnosed, but also their close friends and family members. For many years the Scott family has suffered from uncontrolled diabetes. However, their problem can be managed by a three-pronged approach: becoming educated, having a support team, and improving your lifestyle ways. Diabetes is metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. According to Crystal Scott, type 2…show more content…
Ms. Scott suggested a routine that she and her family does during holidays where they all sit down together and discuss their medical issues, as well as other issues that have been bothering them. She states, “Discussing your medical issues when surrounded by family allows for them to gain knowledge about everyone’s health and offer your support.” (Scott) Crystal first developed diabetes when she was pregnant with her first child. Diabetes developed when you are pregnant is called gestational diabetes. Crystal mentions how she developed diabetes with her first child then it went away, it came back with her second child and went away after, but with her third and last child her diabetes stayed. Her gestational diabetes turned into type 2 diabetes. According to Clive Petry, author of the Gestational Diabetes, “Though most women with GDM return to normal glucose tolerance after delivery, they have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus as much as sevenfold over their lifetime.” (Clive). With Crystal, her diabetes just stayed. Later in Crystal’s life, when her children were all in middle school she mentions how her daughter develops type 1 diabetes. Clive Petry also mentions “a fetus exposed to a hyperglycemic environment, as seen in GDM, may suffer long-term consequences and be at risk for impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes, and obesity.” (Clive). Crystal describes the moment she found out her daughter had diabetes
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