Health Issue: Diabetes

Lauryn Seber, Author

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Diabetes seems to be a lot more common in today’s society.  Recently the campus’ nurse, Joanne Shroyer, was asked how common diabetes actually is and if there is much of a concern on campus and in society. On campus it doesn’t seem too big of a concern as there’s a low percentage of people that have diabetes.  They keep to themselves because they’re afraid of being ‘different’ than everybody else.

Anyone who has symptoms of diabetes such as being really tired, drinking a lot of water, and taking more bathroom breaks needs to be encouraged to see a Doctor. There are three ways that diabetes is named; pre-diabetes, type 1, or type 2 diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is “…when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal.” This is according to the Joslin Diabetes Center website, which was published in 2013. It’s a warning.  This puts people in risk categories for developing heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 1 is when your pancreas stops pumping insulin.  Mostly young people, under 30, are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A blood sugar level of 140 or higher may be diagnosed as diabetes.  “Some people think that eating a lot of sugar can cause diabetes, but that’s not true.’ Nurse Shroyer stated. Most of the time diabetes is hereditary, but there are a few things that can be done to try to prevent diabetes. Such as, keep a healthy diet and stay in a healthy weight range.

Type 2 is mainly found in adults over 30.  This is when the pancreas pumps insulin, but the cells just can’t use it effectively.  This is from the Lilly Diabetes Foundation website.

With diabetes, a hypoglycemic attack can occur. A hypoglycemic attack strikes when the body’s blood sugar level drops below normal. Hunger, confusion, and sweating are some of the symptoms. These attacks don’t occur just with Diabetes.  Other who may suffer from hypoglycemia also has these attacks.

A hypoglycemic attack can occur multiple times.  The attacks vary, based on how much the person eats, exercises, and how much insulin they have. Hypoglycemic attacks can be as serious as death, if not treated.  Treatment is through eating or drinking something with sugar. To prevent a hypoglycemic attack eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Diabetes Type 1 can’t be prevented, but a healthier lifestyle such as eating healthier and exercising more can help prevent pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. If you already have risk factors such as family history, or being a high weighted baby then eating healthy and staying in a good weight range is especially important. It is better to be treated for pre diabetes sooner than later before it can become type 2 diabetes.

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