Chronic Illness Essay

Submitted By Jackeeakilah1
Words: 517
Pages: 3


Diabetes is increasing very fast throughout the world, and people often call it the today’s modern epidemic. I chose diabetes because I have several family members that have it. I really didn’t know a lot about it until I took the assessment. My results were that I was in an above average risk of getting diabetes.
Diabetes is defined as a disease in which your sugar or blood glucose has become too high. Glucose can be found in the food that you eat. Insulin, which is a hormone that helps the glucose come into your cells to help give them energy. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 2 is the most common one of them. With type 2 diabetes your body doesn’t make enough insulin. Without insulin the glucose would just stay in the blood.
Having too much glucose can cause a serious problem. It can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, and also the nerves. It can also cause strokes, heart disease, and even amputation of limbs. Even expecting mothers can get diabetes which is called gestational diabetes.
By getting a blood test you can easily find out if you have diabetes. You should also get plenty of exercise, try to control your weight, and eat a healthy meal.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes are fatigue, excessive thirst, increase urination, weight loss, blurred vision, tender gums, tingling hands and feet, slow healing sores, and frequent infections. If you feel fatigued, many factors can play a role to this. Dehydration, which comes from increased urination and the body’s inability to function right. When diabetes is present, a lot of sugar or glucose builds up in the blood and your kidneys have to work over hard to absorb and filter the excess sugar. When your kidneys can’t function properly the excess sugar goes the urine with liquids from the tissues. Losing weight