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How Diabetes Affects Homeostasis
Transcript of How Diabetes Affects Homeostasis
Homeostasis is the dynamic state of equilibrium and it means that the body has to be in a balanced state for it to be able to function. Diabetes affects homeostasis by disrupting blood sugar levels and water regulations, which are both vital to the human body.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases where a person has a high blood sugar level. Patients with diabetes often have side affects such as: frequent urination, hunger, and thirst.
Patients cannot produce their own insulin, thus their blood sugar level is not at homeostasis. To return the body to homeostasis, the patients must inject themselves with insulin everyday for their entire lives.
Patients does not produce enough insulin or their body is resistant to it. Some ways of treatment are: losing weight, eating healthy, getting exercise, and monitoring their blood sugar levels.
Affected Body Systems
Endocrine: Diabetes affects the endocrine system because it is the result of three main hormonal inconsistencies.
Urinary: One side effect of diabetes is frequent urination and one symptom is that the body can't properly regulate water. It also affects the kidneys to the point where they could shut down.
Nervous: Diabetes affects the nervous system by having too much glucose circulating the body. This can damage many nerves in the body and if the damage is too severe, amputation may be the only solution.
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