ENGW 1102. 3J
May 10, 2013
Chocolate Never Tasted Sweeter
Jonathan Legg, Chuck Lynch, and my father. Three people with three stories, each one making a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of every diabetic. Chuck Lynch was diagnosed with type II diabetes at the age of 62. He thought he was destined for a life of daily finger sticks and medication. At the age of 39, Jonathan Legg was shocked that he was diagnosed with type II diabetes; he exercised every single day and could not understand how this was possible. My own father, who was battling Multiple Sclerosis at the time, was diagnosed with type II diabetes at the age of 43. About twenty-five million people are affected by diabetes in the United States; any person can have the start of it and not even know. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and in 2012 alone, it killed 2.3 million people. However, many people do not realize that there is a cure for type II diabetes and the cure for type I is still being researched. Changing one’s diet, exercising, continuous doctor checkups, and taking prescribed medication can cure type II diabetes. Just ask Jonathan Legg, Chuck Lynch, and my father.
Most people know that diabetes is usually a chronic (lifelong) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood but they do not know how or why a person has these high levels of sugar in the blood. Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism. Metabolism is the way the body uses digested food for energy. The digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates, sugars, and starches found in many foods and turns them into glucose, a form of sugar that enters the bloodstream. With the help of the hormone insulin, cells throughout the body absorb glucose and use it for energy. Diabetes develops when the body does not make enough insulin or is not able to use insulin effectively, or sometimes both. A person who is diagnosed with diabetes...