DA4004 Type 2 Diabetes Week 9 Final Exam

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Running head: TYPE 2 DIABETES 1 Type 2 Diabetes Donna Kelly Alcorn SCI/241 Nutrition 08/21/2011 Ferman Konukman
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TYPE 2 DIABETES 2 Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. There are many Americans who are unaware of the fact that they even have the disease. “There are groups of people who are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes than others. They include African Americans, Latino’s, Native Americans, and Asian Americans” (American Diabetes Association, 2011). “In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin” (American Diabetes Association, 2011). Your body must have insulin for it to be able to use glucose for energy. The basic fuel for the cells in the body is glucose, food is broken down by the body into sugar and starches into glucose. Then the insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. So, when glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications. When this happens two problems can arise, right away, your cells may be starved for energy and overtime, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. “Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless” (American Diabetes Association, 2011). Some symptoms of type 2 diabetes are: Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss Extreme fatigue and irritability Frequent infections Blurred vision Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal Tingling/numbness in hands and feet
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TYPE 2 DIABETES 3 Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections. Some people will not have any symptoms and never know they have the disease. When someone first finds out they have diabetes it can be a very scary feeling and sometimes can be hard to believe. The reason for that is because they do not feel sick or feel basically any different than before they were told they had diabetes. Some people may even have the feeling their life is over and they will not be able to live the same life they lived before. None of those things are true. A person can live a full life with diabetes, however; it is important to take this disease seriously and make some important changes. Although there is no cure for type
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