Uncontrolled diabetes can affect nearly every organ of the body; of which, heart disease and kidney failure are most commonly impacted. Known as diabetes mellitus, a collective term for various blood abnormalities, the term diabetes refers to either a scarcity of insulin in the body or the body’s inability to accept insulin. Though the symptoms of diabetes are manageable, many are unaware as to having it. According to the CDC report “2011 Diabetes Fact Sheet,” approximately 6 million people in the United States have undiagnosed diabetes. Undetected, diabetes can become deadly.
If people adapt to a healthy lifestyle they can slow down or prevent the progression of Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is more common in people over the age of sixty, but the younger generation is becoming more prone to this disease. It is estimated that roughly one in 400 under the age of twenty have Type II diabetes, which is about 0.26% of the population (American Diabetes Association). According to the WebMD article “Type II Diabetes in Children” the biggest risk factor for developing childhood Type II diabetes is being overweight. Child obesity is an increasing epidemic that affects 1 out of 5 children in the United States alone.
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Diabetes is one of the main causes of illness and death worldwide. Nearly 25.8 million people of the U.S population have diabetes (Mathur). In the world, about 18.8 billion people of all races, children and adults of all ages, are diagnosed with this disease (Mathur). Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Glucose is an important source of energy for the cells that makes up the muscle tissue in the body.