Read the posts of your peers and respond to at least two asking questions or adding further information to their ideas. Be sure to respond to any questions posed to you by your peers or instructor.
One thing you have learned about your health during this course.
I have learned that my eating habits contributed to my A1C fluctuating and not reaming stable. A1C is a glucose level test that is taken every 3 months. The Mayo Clinic Staff states “For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1C level of 7 percent or less is a common treatment target. Higher targets may be chosen in some individuals. If your A1C level is above your target, your doctor may recommend a change in your diabetes treatment plan. Remember, the higher your A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.” I was able to take an AIC test during the beginning of this week and it was at a 6.4, having diabetes my level has always hovered around 7% and some spikes at 7.5. So being on a 2000 calorie a day diet helps.
How your body might be at risk from a disruption in homeostasis.
My disruption in homeostasis is the fact that I have diabetes. If left uncontrolled there could be a several things that could go wrong within my body. This can range from going blind, losing limbs (mainly legs), kidney malfunctions. According to Zoubina “No system of the body works in isolation, and the well-being of a person depends upon the well-being of all the interacting body systems. A disruption within one system generally has consequences for several additional body systems.”
There can be complications with my skin, wound that are hard to heal or have extremely dry skin, heart disease and possible stroke.
Like I said if diabetes is left uncontrolled there are several issues that could go wrong.
One change you would like to make based on what you have learned in this course.
The one thing that I would change would be the amount of exercise that I need. I think I have my diet under control, but finding time to exercise every day is difficult. I have had 3 knee operations and find it difficult to exercise, I am too young for a knee replacement. Zoubina states “Being overweight and obesity, two conditions that are related to poor nutrition and lack of physical activity greatly affect many organ systems and their homeostatic mechanisms. Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer.” So this is my difficulty, and what I would like to change. More exercise would improve my ability to control my diabetes better and maintain a healthy weight.
Mayo Clinic Staff 2013 A1C test Results – Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/basics/results/prc-20012585
Zoubina, E. 2015 Disruption of Homeostasis | CK-12 Foundation http://www.ck12.org/user:ZXpvdWJpbmFAaG90bWFpbC5jb20./section/Disruption-of-Homeostasis-%253A%253Aof%253A%253A-Homeostasis-and-Regulation/
I learned that if I eat the proper nutrients and exercise routinely, I could loose a considerable amount of weight. I lost 7 pounds over a 3 week period. Although I increased my activity by exercising, I did not eat the proper foods during that time. I tend to eat a lot of meats like sausage, chicken, and starches like rice and pasta. This caused an imbalance in my intake of nutrients. If homeostasis is disrupted, your body is at risk for altering your body systems functioning properly (Ireland, 2012). When we eat, we need water and energy to digest or breakdown the food into nutrients. The nutrients are then used to provide movement and metabolic activity. If this process is not maintained, it can lead to problems such as weight gain. I need to increase my consumption of fiber. Based on my nutritional intake, the numbers for fiber was extremely low. I do not eat a lot of whole grains, fruits or vegetables. I need to change my diet to include more fiber, which will help maintain my digestive homeostasis.