Oh, That’s… Not So Sweet 5

 

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Elaine Tong

America, the land of the free, is becoming the land of the diabetic. In the current generation of America, there are way too many who are already diabetic at a young age. Just in 2012, 29.1 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. Considering this amount, it is sure to be soup-prising how many Americans are diabetic now.

Diabetes is a disease resulting from excessive amounts of sugar in the blood, also known as high blood glucose. The sugar or glucose comes from the food people eat, from a juice pouch to a double-sized chocolate ice cream cake.

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Once a person obtains diabetes, it is, unfortunately, irreversible. Diabetes can range from type 1 to type 2, which are the most common types. But other instances of diabetes can occur during pregnancy and other times, which is known as gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is when a person’s immune system battles its own pancreas which happens when the immune system mistakes cells in the pancreas as invading enemies, causing the system to obliterate them. This type typically affects youngsters but can affect one of any age.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes normally affects those of older age, but it also can affect younger ages as well. Type 2 diabetes is usually prominent in overweight people. People with type 2 sometimes are unable to produce enough insulin, which is a hormone that gives access to energy, and this is known as insulin resistance. Treatment for this type resorts to diet and exercise control.

One life is taken away every three minutes in America, which results in more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Most states with the lowest obesity statistics are either in the Northeast or the West, while nine of eleven states in the South have the highest rates of obesity.  American citizens spend more than $245 billion on diabetes every year, which puts the icing on the cake.

It may seem to be a piece of cake, to change a diet, but in reality, it’s not, as many already know. Sometimes teenagers often watch healthy cooking shows or extreme exercise shows and have an urge to start a diet. They may even think, “Huh, Deja food.”

Author’s note: Making up for lack of puns in my other article, “Group Project or– Individual??” which is also a very good piece of work. Please check it out and leave some feedback on this and the other article.

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