• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Write a 500-word essay relating to the dietary impact of Diabetes Mellitus.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Write a 500-word essay relating to the dietary impact of Diabetes Mellitus. This essay will look at what Diabetes Mellitus is and explain some of the causes of the disease. I will also examine how diet affects this condition and the impact on a person's body if the diet is not followed correctly. Diabetes affects around 1.4 million people in the UK and this number is set to double by 2010.1 Diabetes Mellitius is divided into 2 categories; Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune disease-the immune system attacks a healthy part of the body. Beta cells are attacked and insulin is produced. When this occurs the blood glucose level build up has no way to enter the cell. The excess of blood glucose is the direct cause of the diabetes symptoms. ...read more.

Middle

The pancreas of people with Type 2, eventually decreases insulin production and the person will have the same symptoms, together with the same risks, as those with Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes normally occurs in the over 40 years olds and 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight.3 Depending on the severity of the condition, it is treated with diet alone, diet and tablets or exercise, diet and insulin. The diet for a diabetic is a healthy, balanced one. The aim is to keep the blood glucose levels at a normal rate. Too little sugar in the blood is called hypoglycaemic and too much sugar is called hyperglycaemic. Many people choose to count carbohydrates in their diet as these foods are the most quickly turned to sugar in the body, this method is called the Glycemic Index. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the UK is demanding lower sugar foods and low fat foods for everyday healthy diets, the diabetic diet can adjust easier. However, diabetics do need to be careful and the knowledge about the nutritional values of products is essential. Information of diabetics and their diets is found in all G.P surgeries and also leaflets are available in supermarkets and chemists. The Internet has endless lists of recipes and diets to follow so keeping within guidelines should not be difficult. (See appendix 2 for recipes) Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Breakfast Cereal (Starch) Sliced Strawberries (Fruit) Whole Wheat Toast with Cheese (Starch, Protein) Milk (Dairy) Coffee Lunch Chunk-style Vegetable Soup (Starch, Vegetable, Protein) Grilled Tuna Sandwich (Starch, Protein) Fruit Cup (Fruit) Tea Dinner Lasagne (Starch, Vegetable, Protein) Italian Bread (Starch) Green Salad (Vegetable) Water or Tea Ice Cream (Dairy) 1 www.diabetes.org.uk 2 www.diabetes.com 3 www.diabetes.org.uk 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Food Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Food Technology essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Impact Of Today's Chefs On Food Choice

    5 star(s)

    cook a meal, and also people feel they don't have the time. This is where Jamie has had the biggest impact. His programs do not exclude the younger generation like Delia and Fanny. His television shows, and books are every simple to follow, and he cooks very healthy but appealing meals.

  2. heal and social unit 2

    Positive and negative factors which will affect my person. The environment will affect my person in many ways. Good and bad.positive environmental health keeps health. It can be source of nutrition like farming etc. negative factors are threats to health. These can be environmental disease etc. there are many kind of environmental pollution like air pollution.

  1. Nutrients and a Healthy Diet Dietary Intake

    plant or animal, on growing and feeding conditions and, for some foods, on freshness. Tables are based on average values from a number of samples analysed in the laboratory and therefore only provide a rough guide. Vitamins Vitamins serve crucial functions in almost all bodily processes (immune, hormonal and nervous systems)

  2. A healthy diet when Pregnant.

    wholegrain breads and rolls; * Green leafy vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, spring greens, kale, okra and fresh peas; and * Pulses - chickpeas, black-eyed beans and lentils. Folic acid is easily lost during cooking, so make sure that you cook your veggies in a little water for

  1. Cookbook- recipes for buns, burritos, apple pie, stir fry and nuggets.

    tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 to 1 cup whole milk Freshly ground black pepper ................................................................................................................................................. 1. Lightly scrub the potatoes. Put them in a large saucepan with cold water to cover by about 3 inches and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. In this task I will be investigating the possibilities of providing a healthy, nutritious ...

    No. Yes. Natural sugar found in fruit Strawberry Smoothie Yes. It contained 4 different fruits. No. No. Yes- Contained milk. Yes- The fat from the milk and natural sugars from the fruit and fruit juice. Practical Ideas Possible Outcome Advantages Disadvantages Does it meet the task title?

  1. Food Technology - Healthy School Meals

    and tuna (green). Then combined the figures for each nutrient and divided these by four as this is a four person meal. The resultant figures have then been compared to adult GDAs (Guideline Daily Amounts) which shows that overall this meal is a healthy option being well within the recommended figures.

  2. Packaging & Labelling Assesment

    This is because it is cheap, it is a container for the product it can be heated in the oven and re-heated. However it cannot go into the microwave. But aluminium foil is also a strong product and won't be squashed as easily as cardboard or plastic.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work