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A look at Type 2 diabetes.
# 151735 | 1,565 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper addresses the symptoms, treatment and prognosis for Type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as adult onset diabetes. First, the paper notes the causes for adult onset diabetes and also presents statistics for it in the US. Next, the paper describes the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, especially as it presents itself in the late teen years and early adulthood. It also lists the health risks for those diagnosed at this age. Additionally, the paper discusses the global impact of an increase in type 2 diabetes. Then, it explores the impact of obesity and weight gain on the development of the disease. A chart highlights global obesity and further examines this health problem as one of the major contributors to Type 2 diabetes. The paper cites various studies that show how the increase in global obesity is correlated to rises in cases of Type 2 diabetes.

From the Paper:

"In the United States alone, scholars estimate over 25 million people (about 8 percent of the population), who have clinically diagnosed diabetes, but only 18 million of them actually diagnosed, 90 of the undiagnosed being type II. Since the actual prevalence of type II diabetes doubled between 1990 and 2005, the Center for Disease Control has labeled it as an epidemic. Since it traditionally occurs in adults, and because of the unique similarities in individuals who contract type II diabetes, the disease itself is considered to be related to rising obesity rates, lifestyle issues, and the general lack of exercise most Americans receive (Boseman and Victor, 2004).
"One of the more serious aspects of type II diabetes is the new prevalence of onset during later teen years, most likely completely due to rising obesity patterns in children. Symptoms for both children and adults range from chronic fatigue, general weakness and malaise to excessive thirst, blurred vision, lethargy, and more serious internal dysfunction. There also appears to be a strong connection in type II diabetes to a genetic predisposition - which is ironically a similar predisposition to hypertension, cholesterol issues and obesity. Clearly, the epidemic proportions of the disease have increased due to a rapidly aging population, high-fat diets, and a far less active lifestyle."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Diabetes Association. (2009). "Statistics." Diabetec.Org. Cite in: http://www.diabetes.org/news-research/research/diabetes-statistics/total-prevelance.html
  • Boseman, J. and L. Victor. (2004). "Aging Americans and Diabetes: A Public Health and Clinical Response." Geriatrics. 59 (4): 14-17.
  • Hellmich, N. (January 20, 2010). "Michelle Obama to Launch Initiative Fighting Child Obesity."U.S.A. Today. Cited in:http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2010-01-20-michelle-obama-obesity_N.htm
  • Yach, D., et.al. (2006). "Epidemiologic and Economic consequences of the Global Epidemics Of Obesity and Diabetes." Nature. 12 (1): 62-66.

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