Chronic Disease Essay

581 words - 3 pages

Chronic Disease Risk Assessment
SCI/162 Principles of Health and Wellness
01/27/2011
Glen Blankenship

Chronic Disease Risk Assessment

Diabetes is a chronic lifelong disease where there are high traces of sugar in the blood. A diabetic individuals pancreas secrets an insufficient amount of insulin or does not use the insulin efficiently. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that enables the body to use glucose for energy. Diabetes is caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin or both. Diabetes is the most common disorder of the human hormone system; there are three forms of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes. This form of diabetes usually develops in young adults, teens and children. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys its own ...view middle of the document...

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, as are any risk factors. This type of disorder is usually passed on genetically. There is no prevention or cure for type 1 diabetes. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include: genetics, obesity, heart disease, sedentary lifestyle, and ethnicity. African Americans are ranked to be more susceptible to be diagnosed with diabetes than any other race. Many women who develop gestational diabetes have no known risk factors. There is no known cure for diabetes. Treatment involves medications, diet and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms.
Where there are non-modifiable risk factors present for diabetes, there are modifiable risks that will lower or decrease you from any further risk for both type1 and type 2 diabetes. Health and wellness behaviors are important and contribute to our health. Making even the smallest changes to your health and wellness makes a difference between susceptibility and one developing the condition.
Individuals who are or think they are at risk of developing diabetes should be tested at the earliest convenience. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight can make a significant difference in your risk of diabetes. Participating in an everyday activity, exercising, and bike riding or taking the stairs all would be beneficial to weight loss or maintenance. Cutting calories from your diet and replacing high fatty foods with fruit and vegetables are all beneficial to your overall health and are modifiable changes one can make to decrease their chances of developing diabetes. Diabetes places a person at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious chronic diseases.

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Women to women; Insulin resistance. Last Modified Date: 04/19/2011
Principal Author: Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
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