Personalized Nutrition and Exercise Plan

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Personalized Nutrition and Exercise Plan Michelle Nolan March 25, 2011 Diabetes: One of the prominent hereditary diseases in my family is diabetes. Diabetes is defined as “A disease of carbohydrate metabolism caused by with insufficient insulin production or decreased sensitivity of cells to insulin. It results in elevated blood glucose levels (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006).” This disease has already affected my mother and father, my daughter, my uncle, and both of my grandmothers. This disease has different stages. There are actually 3 forms of diabetes. There is Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is what my father and my daughter and grandmothers have. This is referred to as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes. Type 2 is the opposite. It is what my mother has. It is people that still have elevated blood sugars but they are not dependent on insulin to take care of it. Most of the time it is an adult onset of the disease and the person with it can control by diet. It can occur in younger people but if it does it is usually due to inactivity or excess body fat. Gestational diabetes is what occurs in pregnant women. This can cause many complications with the baby and the mother during her pregnancy. It usually goes away once the child is delivered and the mother’s body and hormones are returned to their normal state. The problem is that people that develop gestational diabetes run a much higher risk of Type 2 diabetes as their life progresses.
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Gestational diabetes is what happened with me. When I was pregnant with my first child I was diagnosed with this. I had a lot of problems with swelling and had had to be very careful about what I fed to my body and the baby. I was put on bed rest at 7 months due to the complications. After delivering my daughter I was cleared and resumed life as normal until the 3 rd month of my pregnancy with my son. Again I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and hospitalized at 6 months for the rest of my pregnancy. This disease took its toll on my son. I actually delivered 8 weeks early and he was unable to have time to complete his cycle. He was born with Multi Cystic Kidney
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