Diabetes Mellitus : A Group Of Diseases That Affect Your Body Uses Blood Sugar

1601 Words Mar 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Janan Ihmud
MED 2056
FT030
Diabetes Mellitus Research Paper
Annabelle Anglo
03/17/2015

According to Mayo Clinic, “Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it 's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It 's also your brain 's main source of fuel.” (Mayo Clinic, 2005) Diabetes Mellitus has 3 types: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is an autoimmune dysfunction that usually occurs in the younger age group. This process involves the destruction of the beta cells which produce insulin in the body therefore making this dysfunction an (IDDM) Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. IDDM is only for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus due to the fact that the body is not producing or secreting insulin so patients are on a lifelong sliding scale for insulin.
Risk factors for Type 1 Diabetes can be family history of this chronic disease according to the American Diabetes Association “Having family members with diabetes is a major risk factor they recommend that anyone with a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes, a mother, father, sister, or brother, should get screened for diabetes. A simple blood test can diagnose Type 1 Diabetes” (WebMD, 2005), injury or disease of the pancreas, or autoimmunity.
Most diabetic patients will experience the similar signs and symptoms. Lack of…
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