Diabetes And Obesity A World Wide Epidemic Essay

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Diabesity - Diabetes and Obesity a World Wide Epidemic Diabetes and obesity have become a worldwide epidemic affecting over 370 million people. These diseases have become known as Diabesity the combination of diabetes and obesity because between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes, are also diagnosed as being obese. The rise of Type 2 diabetes and obesity can be linked to the modern advances and conveniences that we all have grown to know and love, and the consumption of high fat and processed foods and lack of physical activity and regular exercise. Among diabetics obesity increases the risk of heart disease, strokes and cancer. Diabetes occurs when someone has high blood glucose; a type of sugar that enters the blood stream, because their body does not produce enough insulin; a hormone produced by the pancreas which regulates how much glucose is in the blood. Food is broken down by the body into smaller components, starches and carbohydrates that are then changed into glucose where the body uses glucose for energy. When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to remove the glucose from the blood there becomes a buildup of insulin in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells of the body to be used as energy, the cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin and require work to keep the blood glucose levels even. Overtime high blood sugars develops into Type 2 diabetes. Being overweight
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