Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I think I'm getting back into it

I thought it was a bit rough that I had to have something ready for uni by second day, but oh well. I have to be in class in about two hours, so I thought I should get to it. It's just a quick introduction to a short thing about diabetes. Let me know if you think that I've gotten back into the swing of writing yet. I felt it was pretty good for 10 minutes, which included time spent on finding articles.

Diabetes mellitus represents a group of diseases that share common characterizations, including chronic hyperglycemia and other metabolic abnormalities relating to the deficiency of insulin effect. Diabetes can be classified into four different types. 

Type one is characterized by destruction of pancreatic beta cells, which secrete insulin, by either an autoimmune response, or other unknown cause. Type two involves the decreased secretion of insulin by the pancreas and well as decreased sensitivity to insulin peripherally. Category three diabetes includes diabetes as related to a specific condition or disease, as is common is cystic fibrosis patients. Category four diabetes is characterised as diabetic symptoms relating to pregnancy (Kuzuya et al., 2002).

Diabetes is a serious condition that can have many adverse effects on health if not treated appropriately. In many cases, nutrition is the cornerstone of a diabetic patient’s treatment, which is why fasting is of particular concern in the preoperative care of a diabetic (Mc Hugh et al., 2009).

Kuzuya, T., Nakagawa, S., Satoh, J., Kanazawa, Y., Iwamoto, Y., Kobayashi, M., et al. (2002). Report of the Committee on the classification and diagnostic criteria of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 55, 65-85.
Mc Hugh, S., O’Keeffe, J., Fitzpatrick, A., de Siún, A., O’Mullane, M., Perry, I., et al. (2009). Diabetes care in Ireland: A survey of general practitioners. Primary Care Diabetes, 3, 225-231.

It's funny that everyone at uni seems to hate writing, but I really enjoy it. They all say "oh exams are better because you just go in and get it over and done with". I still prefer writing essays though. If you're like me, you'll go over it constantly, changing things, fixing things, and just making it as good as you can before you hand it in. It feels as though you're more in control of what you're doing. What do you guys think?

As long as we're on the topic of writing, I thought I'd share a site that I discovered recently; one word. I have it book-marked, but you just go on there and click go and it gives you a work that you have to write about for 60 seconds. It's amazing what some people put out in 60 seconds. Anyone that enjoys writing should give it a go.

Anyway, I better have a shower before I go to uni. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!


  1. It's good that you enjoy writing cause you'll be doing it a lot.

  2. I remember learning a bit about diebetes in bio 20, haha. but good luck! i like this blog.

  3. I hate exams so much. Essays are a lot easier to write and a lot of the time if you finish early you can ask the teacher for revision.. cant do that during a test!

  4. dude im one of the people who hate writing. by far my least favorite subject. the essay looks pretty good.

  5. First off, cool site. I'm hooked now.

    Secondly, congrats on being a wordsmith. It's a rare quality, and will help you excel in your field. Keep up the good stuff.

  6. Is it wrong that I can't pronounce diabetes properly anymore? DIABEETUS DIABEETUS

    Not a funny disease though.

  7. Ahh man, I'm heading to Uni next year, and I'm still not sure what I want to do :/ however, I'm considering medical, so it's great to see your blog! Keep updating, I'll be following! Cheers (:

  8. I'm with the group that hates it and prefers an exam. You can spend significantly less time studying for an exam to get an equivalent mark.. win/win! Haha.

  9. Writing is awesome. It's having to write a specific number of pages, having to cite sources, having to have a definite number of sources, and not being able to interject personal opinion that makes writing not awesome.

  10. Scott, I hear you, I still prefer the writing process though. Tarah is on the right track!

    Trelin, for whatever reason, I actually enjoy those parts of it. It makes me feel science-y or something.

    Shelby, lol.

  11. I have diabetes and I approve of this post.