What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or not enough insulin causing high blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is where the body does not produce any insulin at all. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before the age of 40. Type 1 is only 10% of the both diabetes. The other type, type 2 is when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 is 90% of the both diabetes. This typically will gets worse gradually. However, you can control type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, keeping a healthy diet, exercise enough, and monitor their blood glucose. Overweight and obese people have a higher risk of getting diabetes as for a healthy weight body. Eating wrong foods, and being physically inactive contributes to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
Why did I choose this topic and connections? Why is it important?
I chose this topic because it connects to me. In my family my grandfather had it and two of my uncles have it, all type 2. Type 2 has a stronger connection to family history then type 1. Genetics is a factor of getting diabetes type 2 but lifestyle choices is another factor such as good eating habits and exercising. I also chose this because I have heard of the different types but I didn’t really know what is meant so I wanted to figure it out. Some of my family members have this so it was something I truly cared, interested, and important.
How does this affect teenagers? Why is this relavent to me?
This affects teenagers because the decisions you make now is a factor of the risk to get diabetes. Adolescence is often a the time which is difficult to control healthy blood sugar levels. This generation more and more teenagers are becoming overweight which is increasing risk of diabetes. We need to be more aware of our daily habits. This issue is relevant to because I’m twelve and about to be a teenager which is around when it will be difficult to control healthy blood sugar levels. Also, as I mentioned before it is in my genes.
What did I learn about this issue?
I learned the difference between each type, causes, and effects. I also learned that lifestyles choices are part of causes of getting diabetes. It has made me more aware about this issue and to keep this in mind when I make choices. It has also made me more familiar of what is going on with some of my family members.
What did I learn and how has it changed? How did this expand my learning?
I learned the difference between each type, causes, and effects. I also learned that lifestyles choices are part of causes of getting diabetes. It has made me more aware about this issue and to keep this in mind when I make choices. It has also made me more familiar of what is going on with some of my family members. I also learned that to provide insulin for your body that you need to take a tablet or an injection. My grandpa used to take injections 3 times a day before meals to provide insulin. My thinking changed because before what I thought diabetes was is that you have high levels of blood sugar. Now I know how it is caused, and the a deeper understanding of what it actually means. This expanded my learning because it had made me moe informed about this common disease. I now know a in depth understanding of what diabetes is, effects, factor causes, and symptoms.