Diabetes Is A Disease That Affects How The Body Uses Glucose

1647 Words Nov 10th, 2014 7 Pages
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the body. But, unlike type 2 diabetes that can be prevented by working out and eating healthy, type 1 diabetes, previously known as as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an unpreventable chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in children, adolescents, or young adults. Every year in the United States more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, unfortunately two years ago my cousin was one of them. It was incredibly confusing time for our family when he got diagnosed because no one in our family has ever had this type of disease. Though we were given instructions by the doctors on how to manage it, we never thoroughly understood the cause of it or the symptoms if it is not treated well. But, unlike the old ages where numerous people died because lack of knowledge and resources, our contemporary technologies has made attaining information a lot easier.
According to a detailed 3d animation provided by nucleus medical media, a normal body receives energy from carbohydrates because chemicals in small intestine breaks them down into single sugar molecules called glucose. The cells lining small intestine absorb the glucose, which pass into the bloodstreams. When the blood reaches the pancreas, beta cells inside the pancreas detect the rising glucose…
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