Diabetes Awareness: Signs, Symptoms and, Prevention and Nutrition

2625 Words May 2nd, 2014 11 Pages
Robert Chin
HUN1201
Principles of Nutrition
04/20/2014

Diabetes Awareness: Signs, Symptoms and, Prevention and Nutrition

As a very young child, I grew up watching my mom struggle with her diet every day. She suffered from diabetes and was forced to keep a constant watch over every single morsel of food she put in her mouth. Over the years began to understand much more about the complexities of my mother’s disease and how vital it was for her to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. As the disease progressed, my mother was forced to introduce now and more invasive methods to manage her disorder, including insulin shots twice daily.
Despite all of her efforts to keep her disease in control,
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The body's own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually send insulin into their systems using a pump. They must strive to lose excess weight, remain active, and eat a healthy diet.
Type 2 Diabetes: Also called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes, it typically develops after age 40, but can appear earlier and has recently begun to appear with more frequency in children. It is by far the most common type of diabetes, affecting some 346 million people globally. In this diabetes type, the pancreas produces insulin, but not enough, or is not able to use it effectively. Treatments include diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood sugar, and in some cases, oral drugs or insulin injections.
Treating Diabetes As stated earlier, in addition to any medicines or insulin injections that a doctor may prescribe, diet, weight control and physical activity is three important ways in which a diabetic can lessen the symptoms of the disease, avoid future complications and possibly even reverse the condition. Eating a healthy diet does not take any complicated, calorie-counting diets to keep blood sugar levels low and achieve beneficial weight loss. A healthy diet is good for a Diabetic, just like it is for everyone else! "A diabetic diet is simply a healthy eating plan

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