Diabetes : The Eight Deadliest Disease

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Diabetes is the eight deadliest disease in the United States (Pietrangelo). As a pharmacy technician, I interact with patients on a daily basis and have observed that the majority of patients take medication for diabetes. I have seen people with diabetes range from ages 10 and up. It is a deteriorating disease that inevitably decreases one’s lifespan. It begins with subtle symptoms like frequent urination and excessive thirst (CDC, 2015). Then symptoms become more severe like sudden vision changes and slow-healing sores (CDC, 2015). Nevertheless, diabetes has a high reaching impact on society. Diabetes affects one out of every eleven people and affects 29.1 million people as of 2014 in the United States alone (Centers for Disease Control…show more content…
The cause of this diabetes to this day is unknown and even to try and prevent it is undetermined. To determine if someone is diabetic one has to be properly diagnosed by a physician. Symptoms of diabetes are as follows: frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, sudden vision changes, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, feeling tired most of the time, dry skin, sores that are slow to heal, more infections that usual, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains. Complications of untreated diabetes include blindness, kidney failure, and infections that can lead to amputation (gangrene) (Dansinger, 2016). In addition, neuropathy, which causes pain or numbness in the hands and feet can also lead to other problems like gastroparesis (nerve damage in the digestive system) (Dansinger, 2016). Cardiovascular disease is a major complication and could lead to death. Studies have shown that complications like these can be greatly reduced if diabetes is well managed (Dansinger, 2016). In order to live a sound life, one must attain financial goals through employment. Same can be said about one’s health. In order to live a long and healthy life, one must care for their body almost like a savings account. The more money you deposit, the more secure and well off one will be. Living a healthy lifestyle will allow oneself to achieve financial and health-related
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