Endocrine Research Paper Pathophysiology: Diabetes Mellitus

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Sugar donuts; not just sweet, scrumptious treats that make mouths salivate and stomachs smile, but also a dangerous catalyst to individuals who are uninformed. Seem improbable or unlikely? Actually, these donuts and many sugary products like it have the ability to sicken, and possibly kill, millions of people world-wide. This disease has quietly reached epidemic proportions, as according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it currently affects about 27,000,000 million in the United States and affects roughly 220,000,000 million people world-wide (6.4% of world population)(Diabetes Facts). When people think about epidemics that affect the world today, the first ones that usually come to mind are those that kill of millions of people every year such as HIV, malaria, or the influenza. There are even those that haven’t been as deadly but have gained extreme notoriety such as the H1N1 virus, cholera, and anthrax. For this paper forget about HIV, H1N1, cholera, and the influenza; introducing Diabetes mellitus: a silent epidemic. Diabetes mellitus or commonly known today as diabetes, is a metabolic health condition in which the body is unable to produce sufficient amount of insulin or respond normally to insulin that is produced which results in a high blood sugar (Sandhyarani). High blood sugar, known as hyperglycemia, results in many manifested symptoms such as polyphagia (increased appetite), polydispia (increased thirst), polyuria (increased urination), and increased fatigue (Diabetes Mellitus). There are three different types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational diabetes. All three types are related to the hormone insulin, which is secreted in the pancreas by beta cells (Sandhyarani). It is responsible for the uptake of... ... middle of paper ... ...trition & Fitness Tools. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. . "Diabetes Facts." WDF Home. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. . "Diabetic Neuropathy." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. . Norman, James. "Type 1 Diabetes: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Insulin Treatments. - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments of Type 1 Diabetes." Endocrine Diseases: Thyroid, Parathyroid Adrenal and Diabetes - EndocrineWeb. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. . Sandhyarani, Ningthoujam. "Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. Web. 26 Feb. 2011. .

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