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Diabetes: The Silent Killer Essay

No Works Cited Length: 1265 words (3.6 double-spaced pages) Rating: Purple Open Document Need writing help? Check your paper » - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Diabetes: The Silent Killer Roughly 25 million Americans have diabetes; it is called the “Silent Killer” because almost half of those 25 million have no idea that they even have the disease; it can strike and kill without warning. I am interested in the disease because both my grandfather and my maternal great grandmother had diabetes. However, both of them had late onset diabetes, or Type II. Diabetes Mellitus is the cause of many serious health complications such as stroke, heart disease, renal failure, and blindness, among others. It can destroy the major organs in your body; untreated it can take your life. What is Diabetes Mellitus? The official definition is: a condition in which the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin, or cells stop responding to the insulin that is produced, so that glucose in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells of the body. (Thefreedictionary.com) There are two types of Diabetes, Type I and Type II. Both types are very different. Type I Diabetes Continue reading >>

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  1. Jay Andersen

    Have you ever taken a drive way out in the country? Let's say you are just driving around, enjoying the beautiful countryside, when you realize it's getting late, you are low on gas, and you need to get back.
    After some time you come to a fence across the road that says road closed. Since the fence is unlocked and part way open, you push it the rest of the way, and drive on. Shortly thereafter you notice a sign that says bridge out, but it is even later now, and you are in a hurry, so you continue on.
    Soon you see another sign about last chance to turn around before the bridge, but being in hurry you continue on. Before you know it you are on the bridge, but don't notice anything, so you continue on. Just as you are attempting to tune the radio you feel the car falling out from under you. When you hit the water below you realize those signs were right, the bridge is out.
    It's just like that with heart disease. The first warning sign you are headed down the wrong path is when you become overweight, or take up smoking. The 2nd warning sign you are headed down the wrong path is when you become obese. For the smoker it might be passing age 50.
    A 3rd warning sign might be when your doctor tells you your blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol levels are high. Or, warns you yet again about smoking. A 4th warning sign might be that you not only haven't exercised for years, it seems like heavy exercise to climb a flight or 2 of stairs.

    My point is that, sure, you get a ton of warning signs, and maybe one verbal from your doctor, but that's only if you ever bother to see one. Many obese, like smokers, never go to the doctor because of what they might hear. Thus, the majority of warning signs are silent, making it largely a silent killer.

  2. Xander Mann

    Until it progresses sure, it can be- a silent killer is any disease process that can progress to being fatal and that (at one point) lacks signs and symptoms. hypertension is a great example of a silent killer- most people with hypertension have no symptoms, and unless they get their BP checked they would never know it… until it progresses to a point where it becomes high enough to cause headaches or other symptoms, and by then there may already be irreversible damage done.

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