Causes and symptoms of varying types of diabetes

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Lifestyle Changes and Diabetes

Kaine Cromwell

Ohio University Zanesville

Because of bad lifestyle habits, one in three children will develop diabetes. Therefore parents should better regulate junk food consumption of their children and ensure that they get at least one hour of physical activity a day.

Diabetes is currently one of the most widespread diseases in the United States, and is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 and is also the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for nearly 50% of new cases. Diabetes is a disease that is accompanied by high or below average levels of glucose in the blood. This is caused by a defect in insulin production where the pancreas produces little to no insulin, or the cells are not responding to the insulin that the body produces. Diabetes can result in serious complications and even death if left untreated.

In the last 10 years the rates of diabetes from bad eating habits and obesity have more than doubled.

The general symptoms of diabetes are varying levels of blood sugar. Higher blood sugar levels cause fluids to be pulled from the body tissue and lenses of the eyes causing increased urination, extreme thirst, and blurred vision. A low blood sugar level means that not enough insulin is being moved into the body's cells. Without enough insulin the body is deprived of energy causing irritability, drowsiness, increased appetite, and sudden weight loss even if eating more than usual

There are 3 main types of diabetes. The first is called type 1, otherwise known as juvenile onset diabetes. As the name suggests type 1 is generally found in children and young adults, accounting for more than 90 percent of all the diagnosed cases of type 1. Type 1 is a...