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Essay On Type Two Diabetes

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Diabetes In The United States
Diabetes is an insidious as well as a debilitating metabolic disease with variety of causes. (Bolajoko Idiat Ogunyinka ) Diabetes comes in two forms, type one and type two. Both types are manageable with different types of treatments and lifestyle changes. Many people live for years undiagnosed. “Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010.” (National Diabetes Statistics) Unfortunately, a cure for diabetes remains undiscovered. Type one diabetes is an auto-immune disease, and it often requires insulin injections because the pancreas fails to produce enough, if any at all. Insulin helps the sugar in the body to provide and store energy. When a person is type one,
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This results in a buildup of sugar in a person’s body, causing damage to blood vessels and nerves. Being overweight, smoking, and eating a lot of sweets can contribute to the onset of type two diabetes. Changing a person’s diet and exercise habits can greatly reduce and possibly remove the effects of type two diabetes. To combat type two, the person affected would need to closely watch their carbohydrate intake. Reduction of starches and sugars will help the body maintain low sugar levels. Moderate exercise will also help along with oral medications to maintain proper glucose and blood sugar levels. “Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type two diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.” (Facts About Type 2) While most Americans that are type one diabetic are typically thin, and type two diabetics are usually heavier in weight, anyone can get diabetes. This is not a disease to take lightly due to its potentially fatal nature. The number of Americans diagnosed each year continues to rise. The earlier this disease is detected, the more likely it can be treated, and Americans could have a better chance at living out a long, healthy life. National diabetes month is November, so spread the
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