Diabetes – Margarita

Diabetes is a metabolic disease. There are 3 types of diabetes. This is an important issue because not only adults get it, but kids and teenagers can too.

Teenagers aren’t usually aware of the things they put into their bodies. They like to eat food, especially sweet things that are filled with (not natural) sugar. Diabetes is caused by high sugar levels in your blood. You need to be aware of what you consume, and make sure you control your sugar. Living with Diabetes, even at a young age, is very hard, especially if you have Type 1 Diabetes. You would need to take insulin injections for the rest of your life, and follow a specific diet.

You can use some of the symptoms of Diabetes to tell if you have it. The symptoms occur depending on the type of diabetes you have (1, 2, or 3). Some of the symptoms are:

  • The frequent need to urinate
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
  • Blurry vision
  • Injuries heal slower
  • Weight Loss (even if you’re eating more)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands and feet

Some people who aren’t aware of they symptoms might not pay much attention to them, or think that those are normal things that happen to their bodies that they shouldn’t worry about.

This is relevant to me because a lot of my family members are diabetic, and that means that I have to be aware about the subject, since it’s in my blood. I wanted to learn more about Diabetes so I know the causes of it, and how to prevent it.

One of the causes I mentioned was high blood sugar levels, which you get from consuming too much sugar. To prevent Diabetes, get into the habit of exercising more, eating healthier, and cutting down on refined carbs such as white bread, pasta, and white rice, and sugary drinks like soda, iced tea, and others that are artificially flavored.diabetes_symptoms

Celiac Disease-Andrea Marrero

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Celiac disease is a lifelong allergy to gluten.Gluten is a protein found in wheat,barely, rye, and also some oats. So, people with celiac disease can’t eat bread, cakes, brownies, cookies, oatmeal, etc. If they eat gluten then the lining of their intestines will get damaged. This can prevent the intestines from absorbing nutrients and can cause a variety of other symptoms.

No one really knows the exact cause for celiac disease, but we do know that it runs in the family. If a family member has celiac disease then you will have a 5% to 10% chance of getting the disease. Environmental stress can activate celiac disease. For example, you can have this disease your whole life but sometimes it will only activate when you are older and have many things on your mind and are stressed.

Some symptoms for…

Children are: growth problems, decreased appetite, failure to gain weight, vomiting, irritability

Teenagers are: growth problems, weightless, depression, mouth sores

Adults are: bone or joint pain, arthritis, depression or anxiety, bone loss, seizures, mouth sores

Remember these are just a few of the symptoms of celiac disease… There are still many more

Celiac disease can affect teenagers because they can’t eat gluten, which I think would be extremely hard! For example, if they go to a party they would not be able to eat any pizza or cake, so that would be very difficult. Teenagers with celiac disease would also have to deal with all of the symptoms, which is also very hard. For example, if they have growth problems they might get bullied or they could have depression which is very difficult to deal with.

I chose this topic because my mom has celiac disease, but I have never really learned about it. I wanted to learn more about celiac disease so that I could understand more about my mom’s disease and notice the affects it has on her. Now I even think I know more than she knew about celiac disease!