Is Diabetes A Serious Medical Condition?

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Diabetes is a serious medical condition in which the body is unable to properly

process food for use as energy. Most of what we eat is processed into glucose, a

sugar the body requires to maintain normal and healthy function. Once glucose is

produced and stored in the liver, it is released into the bloodstream and

transported throughout the body for use by organs, muscle, and tissue. Insulin, a

hormone created by the pancreas, is responsible to help glucose enter the body’s

cells where it will be utilized as the primary source of fuel. When a person’s

pancreas can’t make enough insulin to meet their need or their body is unable to

use its own insulin effectively, they are said to be diabetic.

Without appropriate access to glucose, cells will starve and cause dysfunction to

the associated organ. Without proper control, diabetes can cause serious health

complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, lower-extremity

amputations, and even death. As a matter of fact, diabetes is the seventh leading

cause of death in the United States and kills more people than breast cancer and

AIDS combined. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014,

released by the CDC, approximately 69,000 Americans died in 2010 as a direct

result from diabetes and another 234,000 died indirectly from diabetes related

conditions.

To complicate matters for individuals with developmental disabilities, their

likelihood of developing diabetes is…
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