Illness Narrative

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Maddison Braun
ANT: 350 Medical Anthropology
“Diabetes from the War”
March 31, 2015

Type 2 diabetes is a condition the affects the way the body processes blood sugar or glucose. Unlike type 1 diabetes the body does produce insulin, but either the pancreas does not produce enough of it or the body cannot use the insulin efficiently. This is why type 2 diabetics are called insulin resistant. It is often called adult onset diabetes as most of the symptoms do not present themselves until well into adulthood. However, many people who have type 2 diabetes will show no symptoms at all. Many things have been said to cause diabetes such as being overweight, living an unhealthy lifestyle and even over exposure to some chemicals. There is currently no cure for type 2 diabetes but it can be managed with proper treatment. This treatment mainly involves living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. Without proper treatment, diabetes can be a very serious disease. Over time, the high glucose levels in the blood can damage the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys and heart. This, in turn, can lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries and can cause a heart attack, stroke or loss of vision. In some cases, it can result in death of the host when the diabetes reaches its most advanced stages.
No two people on this earth are the same. This is especially true when it comes to diseases. No one on this entire earth is going to experience the same symptoms, life altering changes and medical treatments as anyone else. The case that I will be using in this report is one of a sixty-seven year old male. This male is a Caucasian and also a catholic who goes to church every Sunday. This male is my grandpa and he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around the age of fifty-five. However, since most people with type 2 diabetes are…...

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