Diabetes Informative Speech
Specific Goal: At the end of the speech, the audience will know more about diabetes. Introduction: When I was a little girl I remember going to my mother to tattletale on my grandmother. I told my mother that I seen my grandmother poking her finger to make herself bleed just so that she could get a cool band aid. At that time, I thought band aids were pretty awesome. Little did I know, my grandmother had other reasons for poking her finger. I now know that reason is diabetes. Today I will help inform you on what diabetes is, how it is diagnosed and what treatment options are available. Body
I. What is diabetes? a. Definition: According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body 's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Glucose is a sugar that is the body 's main source of energy. When you eat, glucose from your food gets into your bloodstream. Your pancreas digests the food and makes a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps glucose get into your body 's cells and that is how your body gets the energy it needs. b. Different types: There are 2 main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes, is when the pancreas can 't make insulin. The body still gets glucose from the food but glucose can 't get into the cells where it is needed. Type 2 diabetes is where the pancreas still makes insulin, but there is not enough of it working properly in the body. Both of these types cause glucose to remain in the blood causing blood sugar levels get high. II. How it is diagnosed? Knowing what symptoms to watch out for and what tests you can take will help diagnose diabetes. a. Symptoms: Some of the symptoms of diabetes may seem harmless and therefore often go undiagnosed. According to the Funk & Wagnalls New World
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