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Most of the food people eat is turned directly into glucose when digested, and the body uses it as energy. The pancreas is responsible for making the hormone insulin which helps to get glucose into the cells of the body. Diabetes is a long-term disease that occurs due to the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the body being unable to use the insulin it produces effectively. The body is unable to process food properly to use for energy. Glucose builds up in the blood, which can lead to severe health problems. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and is also known as juvenile diabetes. With type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. According to The American Diabetes Association, only 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In people with type 2 diabetes, their body does not use insulin properly, which is known as insulin resistance. The pancreas responds by making more insulin to cover the deficiency but is not able to keep blood glucose at normal levels. As glucose builds up in the blood, the body's cells do not receive the energy they need. O Continue reading >>

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  1. Jane Parker

    Probably the hardest procedure to watch is the amniocentesis. It's not particularly painful for the mother, due to anesthesia, but the insertion of a long needle into the gestational sac of an early pregnancy is hard for no medical people to watch. The fluid is then analysed for genetic information. This doesn't happen with every pregnancy. Only in specific cases for a specific reAson

  2. Susan Willis

    When I was in labor with my first child 33 years ago, it was standard procedure for the nurses to give the laboring mother an enema...truly an awful experience. I had been in labor for 14 hours and trust me, there was absolutely no reason to go through that horror. Sitting on the toilet, with both enema cramps and labor cramps with the nurse watching was easily the worst part of deli erinv a 10 pound, 23 inch long baby naturally...no epidural...no drugs. At one point in the awful enema experience, I was convinced that my baby was coming out and that he would be born in the toilet! He wasn't, thank God. By the time my second som was born 4 years later, the medical community had figured out that enemas were totally unnecessary. His birth was so much better.

  3. Emma Homes

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    My pregnancy was pretty straightforward, so the worst of it was during the actual childbirth. I'll list the things that happened during the actual pregnancy though:
    Ultrasounds - doesn't sound so bad, until you need to lie on your back, at 34 weeks pregnancy. That can and does lead to dizziness, feeling faint etc, as the weight of the baby can cut off blood supply. Also, because they were worried about placenta previa, they wanted a vaginal ultrasound, which is exaclty what it sounds like. Guess who was there first thing in the morning and had cold gel on the probe?
    Gestational diabetes testing - they make you drink a incredibly sweet solution, and they take your blood 3 times. You are supposed to have been fasting, so you're blimm'n hungry, and you have to sit around for 2 hours while the baby investigates your stomach for any last tidbits. Drinking even water is discouraged too during this.

    So many blood tests. Sooooo many....I can't really think of anything else, for during the actual pregnancy.
    During labour? There was the being induced, the fetal heart monitoring, which means I couldn't move, the epidural (it was AMAZING at the time, just afterwards I felt like I'd been kicked in the back for weeks afterwards), then, because I had a postpartum hemorrhage, I had the cannular in my hand for the next 3 days, and some of the things they pumped directly into my bloodstream made my whole arm ache unbearably.

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