Monday, June 10, 2013

What Is Diabetes?

Well I did't know so much about diabetes until this task was given. We watched a little video about how diabetes develop and how it is managed. Now I know more about diabetes and how serious it can be. 

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disorder in which is caused in different ways. One of the ways of getting diabetes is when a person has too much or less  glucose (sugar) in their blood. This happens either because the pancreas can’t make enough insulin or because your body cells don’t respond correctly to insulin.  Insulin works like a key to unlock the body cells so glucose can enter and give you energy.

How is it caused?
Diabetes occurs when you have too much or less sugar in your body, so you have to keep your health level at the right standard. Sometimes people get type diabetes from a family member that has experienced it, so it can run through the family blood.

How is type 1 and type 2  diabetes different?
Type 1 diabetes and type 2 are both bad but type 1 diabetes is the people who have really low blood sugar and type 2 diabetes is the people who has very high blood sugar.

People that doesn't make enough insulin has type 1 diabetes, this means when the pancreas can’t work the body can’t make any insulin and so the body can’t use glucose for more energy. This can make them really thirsty and very tired. They’ll probably lose weight because the body is starving. Their health will become low and it’ll lead them to really serious conditions like death if not treated correctly.

People with type 2 diabetes has too much sugar in the blood, the people who has very high blood sugar. Usually it’s those who are overweight that gets type 2 diabetes easily and it’s caused by eating too much junk especially junk food with lots of sugar in it.

What are the consequences?
There are many consequences to diabetes like heart failure, lung failure, blindness, it can cause a stroke and many more...

How is it managed?
Diabetes is managed by exercising every morning or once a day. Another way is to keep eating healthy food to keep your health at the right standard and there's more things you can do to control your diabetes.


  1. Wow, Mary. Looks like you have learned a lot about diabetes and its management. In the science department at Tamaki College we do quite a bit about diabetes, as it is clearly one of the biggest disease epidemics just waiting to happen in NZ. It is something you have to learn to look out for as you get older.
    Keep up the good work, especially if you come to the college- you can carry on learning about diabetes there too!
    Mr Major- science teacher

  2. Well done Mary you have learnt lots about diabetes and you have written your information very clearly . I wonder if you might need to check some of your facts though, for example the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics have too much glucose in their blood because both don't have enough insulin. See if you can find out when diabetics might end up with low blood sugar levels. It has something to do with the fact that they have to inject insulin.


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