Essay on Children Should Be Screened For Diabetes

1356 Words Nov 21st, 2014 6 Pages
July 24, 2002 about two weeks after turning seven years old, I fell ill and got admitted into the hospital. Days later I was approached by a doctor and told that I was diagnosed with diabetes. Like many children with juvenile diabetes, my family had no idea to be on the lookout for the symptoms and there are no regular checkups to determine a child’s diabetic status. If my mother would have been warned earlier about the symptoms and the disease itself, we could have taken preventive measures towards stopping the progress or at least slowing the progress down. Therefore, I believe children should be screened for diabetes every single year, and families with children that are borderline diabetics should get help learning how to live with and raise a child that is diabetic.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Glucose, which comes from the foods we eat, is the major source of energy needed to fuel the body 's functions. To use glucose, the body needs the hormone insulin. But in people with diabetes, the body either can 't make insulin or the insulin doesn 't work in the body like it should. It is hereditary but they have no idea who I got it from. In type 1 diabetes, the body 's immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar, which they need to produce energy. In type 2 diabetes, the body isn 't able to use…

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