Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

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While browsing on Youtube for videos on diabetes, I came across two commercials the American Diabetes Association aired to promote the prevention of and research for diabetes.

I feel like each of these commercials can be powerful tools in promoting the awareness of diabetes.  I honestly believe that if people, especially teenagers, are more aware about the seriousness of diabetes, they will be more likely to adopt behavioral habits that will limit their risk of developing Type II diabetes.

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Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

Can Insulin Resistance Be Reversed?

When most people are first diagnosed with Type II diabetes they are either overweight or obese.  Type II diabetes is also known as insulin resistant diabetes.  Research has found that it is possible that with weight loss, exercise, consuming a healthier diet, and controlling portion size, insulin resistance can actually be reversed.  This research break through is phenomenal because teenagers with Type II diabetes can follow those four previously mentioned tips, and make it easier to reach target blood sugar levels or possibly alter their body’s ability to control blood glucose back to normal.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

How is One Tested for Diabetes?

Through my research, I found that the American Diabetes Association has a Diabetes Risk Test on their website.  The test assesses the risk one has of developing diabetes.  The test goes through a series of questions, including asking age, weight, height, and family history of diabetes.

If someone is at a high risk of developing diabetes, he should see his doctor.  His doctor will most likely administer a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test.  Two consecutive Fasting Plasma Glucose Tests that yield results greater or equal to a level of 126mg/dL indicate that an individual has diabetes.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

Prevention over Cure?

Every 10 seconds an individual dies from complications from diabetes.  Since diabetes is such a preventable disease, this statistic is inexcusable.  The Unite for Diabetes campaign along with other diabetes organizations are working hard researching for a cure for diabetes.  Sometimes I wonder if some of the money going towards finding a cure for diabetes would be more effectively spent promoting the prevention of Type II diabetes.

This commercial is a powerful piece from the Unite for Diabetes campaign.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

What are the Stats?

According to the 2007 Diabetes Fact Sheet:

1. 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes (about 7.8% of the population).

2. 17.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes.

3. 5.7 million people have diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed.

4. 57 million people have pre-diabetes.

5. 186,300, or less that one percent of the under age 20 population, have diabetes.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

What is the Impact of Diet on Diabetes?

Diet has a huge impact on whether an individual develops diabetes.  According to studies published in Archives of Internal Medicine, people who consume less fruits and vegetables and drink more sugar drinks, have an increased risk of develop Type II diabetes.  With this information, parents of young children and teenagers should require their offspring to consume some sort of fruit or vegetable at each meal.  Parents should also discourage their children from drinking beverages with high amounts of sugar.  If parents work to teach their children how to eat balanced and nutritious meals at young ages, their children will be more likely to adopt these habits into their lifestyles when they no longer live at home.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

What is the Future of Diabetes?

According to a 2003 government report, one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes if they follow the nation’s inactive and overeating lifestyle.  This is outrageous!  This information is worsened by the fact two in three people with diabetes will develop heart disease.  Those who do not develop heart disease are likely to suffer from blindness, renal failure, or require amputations.  There is hope…These predictions are based on the current behavior patterns of Americans.  With simple behavior changes—diet and exercise—the future American citizens do not have to be plagued with this “Diabetes Epidemic.”

Posted by: natalier31 | June 10, 2010

Can Sprinting Prevent Diabetes?

According to an article I found on the Fox News website, 7.5 minutes of exercise each day may prevent the onset of diabetes.  The researchers conducting the study found that participants engaging in as little as 15 minutes of full out sprinting on an exercise bike over a two week period improved their health and their ability to metabolize glucose.  With this new information, parents should push their children and teenagers to participate in games like tag or “knock out basketball.”  Adolescents should be encouraged to engage in any form of rapid, high intensity physical activity that will raise their heart rate and improve their ability to metabolize glucose.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 8, 2010

What is Type II Diabetes?

Type II diabetes, formerly known as Adult Onset Diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar and insulin resistance.  People with Type II diabetes are more likely to have other medical complications, including amputations, kidney failure, and even heart attacks.  The good news about Type II diabetes is that it can be easily managed by diet modifications and by increasing the amount of exercise an individual participates in.

Posted by: natalier31 | June 8, 2010

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects how the body uses glucose.  An individual with diabetes has high blood sugar either because his body does not produce enough insulin or because his body’s cells do not respond to the insulin produced.  There are three main types of diabetes, including Type I, Type II, and Gestational diabetes.  This blog will specifically focus on preventing and managing Type II diabetes in teenagers.

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