Healthful vs. Unhealthy Eating

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Healthful Eating versus Unhealthy Eating in Type II Diabetics

Jennifer Riffle


Monish Dasgupta


I. Effects of unhealthy eating
1) Signs of disease
2) Complications and risks
II. Benefits from a healthy diet
1) Positive results
2) Improved health
III. Fighting consequences of diabetes
1) Diet and exercise
2) Medications
IV. Living a healthy life with diabetes
1) Strategies
2) Keeping healthcare appointments

Are you at risk with your diet? Healthful versus unhealthy eating in type II diabetics will show not only the effects and health risks that are associated with unhealthy eating in diabetics, but also the benefits a healthy diet plays; comprehending the significance in that prolonging the life of a type II diabetic can be improved by making wise food choices. The effects of unhealthy eating on our bodies are becoming more prevalent as we begin to take seriously the toll on our health and well-being. Due to poor food choices and a more sedentary lifestyle that Americans are living today, has aided in becoming a leading root to obesity; creating the two most common causes of type II diabetes. The Center for Disease Control states that “Diabetes is a chronic disease that, as of this date, has no cure. These two causes are responsible for 90% to 95% of all cases of diabetes in the United States today” (CDC, 2005). More startling; three quarters of type II diabetics, if not now, have been obese at some point in their lives. (Touchette, 2005) Our bodies sometimes give us clues that something may be wrong and with diabetes it can be shown with an increase in thirst as well as hunger (even after eating), dry mouth, weight loss, fatigue, vision problems, headaches, and even loss of consciousness (diabetic coma). Other symptoms and signs to look for include cuts or sores which are slow to heal, itching of skin that can be around the groin and vaginal areas, frequent infections, weight gain, velvety dark skin changes around the

armpit, groin and neck, dental problems and numbness or tingling of hands or feet, and it can also lead to impotency in men if left unchecked.(WebMD, 2008) There are approximately 18 million people diagnosed with type II diabetes and the health risks associated with this disease can leave a diabetic to face an increased possibility for a number of serious, sometimes life threatening complications. The facts about this disease are not only frightening but also can be deadly; in 2007 alone 284,000 deaths were attributed to diabetes. (ADA 2007) In the fact cards for the American Diabetes Association, Schoolwalk for Diabetes (2007), it is stated that “Many people are not even aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its complications.” (card one, para.1) By better controlling the blood glucose and blood pressure of diabetics, it can help to minimize their risk of death, stroke, heart failure as well as other complications of this chronic disease. In National Library of Medicine(2009), it has been found and reported that by the reduction of HbA1c (a substance found in red blood cells that are formed when blood sugar attaches to hemoglobin) by even just one percent can decrease the risk for complications by 25 percent. If not controlled properly, the five foremost imminent possibilities associated with this disease are downright frightening. As stated in the American Diabetes

Association, Schoolwalk for Diabetes website (2007), the statistics for these future complications and risks are frightening: 1) Heart disease and stroke account for about 65 % of deaths in diabetics. 2) Heart disease and stroke rates in diabetics compared to non-diabetics are 2.8 % higher. 3) Deaths in diabetic women from heart disease increased...
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