El Paso Community College
March 8, 2013
Professor Kathleen Bombach
March 8, 2013
Everyone that has phenylketonuria or celiac disease knows that this is something serious and it will affect them. Emily Meyers is a mother of a child with phenylketonuria; she says it was the hardest thing. Because not only does she have to give her baby a diet. She knew that if she didn’t take her of her health, her daughter could be affected with it in the future because she could be causing mental retardation. It was even harder for her because she had older children and they could eat whatever they wanted. It was hard for her to tell her daughter that she couldn’t eat ice cream like her brothers. When they would go to parties or other places, she needed to take care of the daughter and what she would eat. It was hard to tell her daughter no when she didn’t even know why her mother didn’t let her eat what she wanted to eat like all the kids. She as a mother had to tell people not to give her food because of her disease many people didn’t even know what her disease was. Knowing that her daughter is older she told her daughter that now it’s not her responsibility to keep her healthy; now it is only her responsibility to keep herself healthy and keep her diet going. There was a time when she stop doing her diet but many things happened to her and she was having a lot of health problems as soon as she started to do her diet again she felt better. Now her mother is proud because she is very motivating and driven. She knows it takes a lot for her daughter to keep a diet because she as well has tried diets for losing weight but she has failed unlike her daughter that’s why she’s impressed and a proud (Meyers, 2000). There are many diseases we should be aware of but most important to know about them and know how they affect us. For example, celiac disease is a disease that is gluten intolerant and which means gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and grains, and also including rye and barley. Many diseases that can affect us in the future just by the food we all eat in our daily lives. Also, it is hard to have a diet because you want to lose weight or gain weight but it is harder to have a diet for your health because you need to have it. If people with this disease don’t do their diets how they supposed to do it, it will hurt them in the long term because these diseases have serious affects like type 1 diabetes, and or death. It is more serious because these diseases don’t have any medicating they only have diets which makes it harder. The causes, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease or gluten intolerance, is important to mention physiological damage in vulnerable individuals. In America 20% of the people are intolerance to milk or just wheat and other grain (2012). Celiac disease is a disease everyone should be aware of, one out of 141 American have celiac disease (2013). Many people don’t even know what it is or that it even exists. Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestines and absorbs nutrients from the food (Palmer, 2013). The small intestines are important because if people eat gluten it damages the villi. Microscopic finger-like pieces of tissue start to line up inside the inner wall of the small intestine is called villi. And this is why the nutrients are absorbed into the body through the villi. Gluten is just food like wheat, cereal grains that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Many people believe that they can’t be intolerance to some food because they never been when they were young but the body changes. Also, this disease can harm everyone age doesn’t matter this is one other reason why it’s important. This disease also is harmful because individual with celiac disease are suffering from type 1 diabetes. If someone with this disease has celiac undiagnosed for a long time, this is bad...
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