Diabetes is an illness that messes with the individual’s ability to process the energy in the food that they consume. Diabetes is a growing concern in the world as more and more individuals are being diagnosed on a daily basis. Within the community where I live there are individuals being diagnosed on a regular basis and are required to obtain the information regarding the illness where they can find it. There is a need for additional classes within the community to assist the residents. Throughout this paper I will discuss diabetes, the effects on individuals, information regarding diabetes and how it affects the community, and describe a goal for the community and how it can be obtained. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that is marked by high levels of blood glucose that is a result from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or sometimes both. The food that we eat is broken down into glucose which is the body’s main source of fuel. “When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from our blood into our cells. In people with diabetes, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced” (WebMD, 2011). When this occurs there is a buildup of glucose that overflows into the urine and then eventually passes out of the body, which causes the individual to lose its main source of fuel. There are many signs and symptoms of diabetes which include increased thirst, increased hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and frequent infections. Diabetes has three main types that affect individuals which are type 1, type 2, and gestational. Type 1 diabetes, which is also known as juvenile diabetes, is mainly diagnosed in children and young adults under the age of 20. With this type of diabetes the body does not produce insulin. “Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life” (American Diabetes Association, 2011). Insulin helps to transport the nutrients from the food into the cells of the body tissue. Unfortunately there is no cure for this type of diabetes and it affects about 30,000 new individuals on a yearly basis and approximately 80 individuals that are diagnosed on a daily basis. With this type of diabetes individuals are instructed to eat healthy and to take their insulin on a regular basis. Once individuals are able to manage their condition they are able to live long and healthy lives. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes as it affects millions of Americans and there are many who are unaware that they are at high risk of being diagnosed. “Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as the aged population” (American Diabetes Association, 2011). This type of diabetes is commonly caused by obesity and lack of exercise that the individual gets on a regular basis. . “Exercise is a very important aspect of controlling type 2 diabetes by improving your body’s use of insulin, lowering blood pressure, helping to protect against heart and blood vessel disease by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, and by reducing stress and promoting relaxation” (WebMD, 2011). With type 2 diabetes the individual does produce the insulin but either they don’t produce enough for their body or their body doesn’t recognize it. Individuals who suffer from this type of diabetes may be able to control the illness with diet and exercise alone; however, many are required to take either oral medications or insulin. It is important for individuals to get their diabetes under control as it could result in poor circulation to the legs that can lead to amputations, heart attack, or even kidney failure. Gestational diabetes is the final type of diabetes and is found in women who are pregnant. They are normally diagnosed with diabetes…
strengths and weaknesses.
Start planning and scheduling customer training programs (discuss with Veronica).
Meet with Regional Manager (Tonya) to review and asses my first 30 days.
Concentrate on becoming actively involved in all related Diabetes Community Events.
Schedule time to review previous 90 days with Veronica and implement a plan for these 30 days.
Progressively build relationships, adding a personal touch with accounts, and begin to be identified as the brand for “Omnipod.”
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. Diabetes mellitus is where the body cells cannot use sugar properly for absence of or resistance to the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Diabetes can lead to serious problems over time if left untreated. The high blood sugar levels from uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious long-term diabetic difficulties. Eventually, they damage the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, reducing insulin output…
There are many different kinds of insulin. The kind you may need depends on your activity, eating habits, and how your body responds to insulin. The doctor or nurse will work with you to match your needs with the kind of insulin that might work well for you. There are two kinds of insulin that can control blood sugar all through the day. They are intermediate-acting and long-acting insulin. Both kinds give a constant, low level of insulin all through the day. Usually this means one or two shots a…
myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts – such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. These myths can create a picture of diabetes that is not accurate and full of stereotypes and stigma. You may also be interested in our book, Diabetes A-Z, 6th Ed.
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Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.
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Diabetes and Insulin pumps
Type 1 diabetes is a disease where a person loses their insulin cells. People with Type 2 diabetes aren't able to use their insulin very well. You can't reduce your risk of Type 1 diabetes but you can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by eating better and exercising.
I am a Type 1 diabetic. I have been diabetic for 13 years. I was gestational diabetic when I was pregnant with my son. I was on insulin when I was pregnant to help control the high blood sugars. I had my…
Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Diabetes is the most familiar of the endocrine disorders. Diabetes develops in an
individual due to less or no production of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin is a very important
component in one’s body because it helps in the transportation of glucose throughout the body
There are two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes occurs when insulin levels become very
low (Source five). This is due to pancreatic beta cells being demolished by…
Specific Purpose: To inform you about diabetes and the type’s diabetes
There is something in the world that people are senseless for. It’s something that we just couldn’t live without and we always want more of it. That is the sweet taste of sugar whether it’s in the form of a candy bar, cake, and ice cream. Although that sweet taste that we all loves can’t be consumed by everybody. These people that I am talking about are myself and other like me. Some diabetics…
Diabetes and Insulin
Food and Nutrients in
Mark Hyman, M.D., Jayashree Mani, M.S.,
and Russell Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D.
This chapter focuses on solutions to obesity and diabetes that are cost and outcome effective, evidence based, and encouraging in their potential to improve health while lowering health care costs.
These two disorders now exceed malnutrition in global public health costs and life lost. Recent
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)…
diabetes.org Diabetes has changed drastically over the years. There are more people suffering from Type 2 than ever before. However, the treatment of Diabetes has improved. Today we have advanced blood tests and more efficient ways of delivering insulin, such as pumps that replace the need for constant injections.
Currently there are over 25 million people in the United States alone that suffer from a form of Diabetes. 7 million people out of that 25 million are living with Diabetes and are undiagnosed…