How easy is it for someone with a dietary need to eat appropriate foods

How easy exactly is it for someone with a dietary need to eat appropriate foods? What exactly is a dietary need? I know that it can’t be the easiest thing in the world to have a dietary need and eating all the appropriate foods needed is the simplest task. A dietary need is basically when a person’s body does not function as an average one. An example of this is a popular dysfunction in the body when it can not produce a hormone called insulin, which is responsible for the absorption of glucose into cells.

So this means the diabetic has to firstly inject this hormone and maintain a diet with not too much or too little glucose, it has to be exactly balanced. Another example of a dietary need is Crohn’s Disease, which is when an inflammation occurs in the digestive system. Coronary Heart Disease, another dietary need is the narrowing of the coronary arteries feeding the heart. I am going to particularly focus on Diabetes that is the most common of the selected dietary needs I have selected. I am going to investigate what it is like to self motivate you as well e.g. a diabetic can not just go and eat several chocolate bars, this could cause severe problems even death. So I am going to see just how hard it is to self motivate yourself if you did have a dietary need.

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To find out exactly what this must be like, I am going to create a survey and question some Diabetics at the local Diabetic Clinic. I am also going to pretend to be a Diabetic for a weekend.

Asking Questions

What is Diabetes?

It has been estimated that 1 million people in the UK have diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus, its full name is a disease caused by defective carbohydrate metabolism making abnormally large amounts of sugar in the blood and urine. Diabetes Mellitus can eventually damage the eyes, kidneys, heart and limbs, and can endanger pregnancy.

There are two types of Diabetes Mellitus – type 1, or insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus (IDDM), formally called juvenile-onset diabetes, which occurs in children and young adults, had been implicated as one of the auto immune diseases. Type II, or non-insulin dependant diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), formally called adult-onset diabetes, is usually found in persons over 40 years old and progresses slowly.

With adequate treatment, most diabetics maintain blood-sugar levels within a normal or nearly normal range. This means they can lead normal lives and prevent long term consequences of the disease. However, how easy is it for someone with dietary needs like diabetes to eat appropriate food. The Diet requires distributing meals and snacks throughout the day so that the insulin supply is not overwhelmed and eating food that contains polysaccharides rather than simple sugars. (Polysaccharides must first be broken down in the stomach, therefore producing a much slower rise in sugar). For type II diabetics, most of whom are at least moderately overweight, the basics of therapy are diet control, weight reduction, and exercise.

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the small intestine. Crohn’s disease usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum, but it can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The inflammation can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhoea.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines.

Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally and can be genetic. About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a blood relative with some form of IBD, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child.

Crohn’s disease may also be called ileitis or enteritis.

What is Coronary heart disease?

Narrowing of the coronary arteries that feed the heart causes heart disease. Like any muscle, the heart needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, which are carried to it by the blood in the coronary arteries. When the coronary arteries become narrowed or clogged by cholesterol and fat deposits a process called atherosclerosis and cannot supply enough blood to the heart, the result is coronary heart disease (CHD). If not enough oxygen-carrying blood reaches the heart, a chest pain called angina develops. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by total blockage of a coronary artery, the result is a heart attack. This is usually happens due to a sudden closure from a blood clot forming on top of a previous narrowing.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body and that your body needs to function normally. It is present in cell walls or membranes everywhere in the body, including the brain, skin, muscle, nerves, liver, intestines, and heart. Your body uses cholesterol to produce many hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest fat. It takes only a small amount of cholesterol in the blood to meet these needs. If you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, the excess is deposited in arteries, including the coronary arteries, where it contributes to the narrowing and blockages that cause the signs and symptoms of heart disease.


* I think that those with Dietary needs would like to make their disadvantage as easy as possible

* I think they would like to see a larger range of foods for their specific dietary need which identifies that it is suitable for them to eat

* I think they would like to be able to identify whether it is suitable for them to drink on alcohol bottles as well

* I think they would like more superstores to be more understanding with their disadvantage

* I think they feel they are limited very much and would like to not feel so awkward when explaining they have a dietary need and cannot eat certain foods at i.e. a dinner parties.

Further Research

As I am limited to investigating further if a person was to investigate further these ket questions could help them do this.

* How would a family member with a dietary need of a typical family be a problem?

* How would going for a meal to a restaurant be a problem if you had a dietary need?

* How would going to a dinner party that didn’t know about your dietary need be an awkward problem?