Symptoms And Treatment Of Diabetes

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For years I watched both of my grandparents struggle with the complications of a disease that took a huge toll on their health. I watched my grandfather get multiple infections that cost him his lower legs and then most of his fingers. A once physically strong independent man, reduced to spending his time in a wheelchair. I can remember the morning I woke up for school to find my grandmother crying because she could no longer see anything, another complication of the disease that stole the ability to watch her family grow. According to the Center for Disease Control, “More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with pre-diabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. “ (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2016) Diabetes is a crippling disease that has complications that can drastically change a once normal life, but the appropriate medical and nutritional therapy can help to manage and reduce the risk of developing such complications. “1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.” (American Diabetes Association) Diabetes is a disease that affects blood sugar levels in the body and the body’s ability to use or produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone secreted by the pancreas that regulates glucose levels in the body. Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar is the result of the raised blood sugar levels. There are different types of diabetes, but the

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