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Medical Miracles: Diabetes Management

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Katie Miller graduates with the class of 2017. She interested in going into the medical field.  She was interested in to manage diabetes because her father does not manage his, so she wanted to learn more about what she could do to help him out. 

How to manage diabetes 

Medical Miracle

Type 1 

Is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease result when the body's system is fighting off infection, the immune system turns against a part of the body. While having diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreases and destroys them. Some people need to take insulin daily. 

Type 2 

People with type 2 diabetes have 2 problems: the panaceas may not produce enough insulin, fat, muscle, and liver cells cannot use it effectively. About 90 to 95% of people with diabetes have type 2. About 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. 

Significant Discovery

Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, everyone with type 1 diabetes died within a few years after diagnosis. There are so many people that have diabetes and they don't even know that they have it. 

As of 2014, 29.1 million people in the United States, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. One in four people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. An estimated 86 million Americans aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes.

Social Impact


                                                                                                Positive                                              Negative 


Healthy eating, physical activity

Require oral medication

You stay in shape and you are healthy

Can manage it with pills


Too busy to eat right and don't have time 

Don't like the side effects of the medication 


Helpful to have a Nutritionist there 

Amount of insulin can be given

Can help plan out meals 


Have the right amount to be safe 


People won't go to them for help


Don't want to take insulin

Ethical Have to take medication  Some people might have religious issues with medication   Some people just don't want to take it 
Legal Can take supplements  Might help but are not regulated by the FDA   Might not work 



insurance coverage 

It costs a lot but it is worth it, not feeling like crap

It is covered by insurance 


In 2002, it cost the US $132 billion

But it costs a lot 

A lot of people have diabetes there is a lot that we can do to help them but if they don't want to be helped then there is little we can do to help them. 


What do you think?

Do you know anyone that has diabetes?
Yes: 2 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
I don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2

Future Directions

There are going to be more advancements for diabetes and how we can treat them. There is no cure yet but I don't think there is a cure. People are still finding ways to inject insulin into their body. 

Most likely to develop type 2

You are most likely to develop type 2 diabetes if:

  • you are overweight 
  • you are 45 years old or older
  • have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes 
  • you have gestational diabetes or gave birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds 
  • your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or you have been told that you have high blood pressure 
  • your HDL cholesterol id 35 or lower, or your triglyceride level id 250 or higher 

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