Diabetes Increases in CSUN Community as Much as in General Population

SHALEEKA POWELL
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Sharon Aronoff in her office at the Klotz Student Health Center. Photo by Shaleeka Powell.

California State University Northridge (CSUN) campus mimics the greater population and sees an increase of diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that is on the rise. If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely, as someone who does not have diabetes, to have heart disease or a stroke.

A recommended meal in Ellen Bauersfeld's office for individuals with or trying to prevent diabetes.

A recommended meal in Ellen Bauersfeld’s office for individuals with or trying to prevent diabetes. Photo by Shaleeka Powell.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 18 million people in the U.S. population were diagnosed with diabetes.

The results of the National College Health Assessment done by the center every two years on CSUN’s campus shows that 1 percent of the students have been diagnosed or treated for diabetes by a professional within the last 12 months.

In this interview Sharon Aronoff, Health Educator and Student Health Outreach Promotion representative at the Klotz Student Health Center on the university’s campus shares the services the center provides. The Klotz Students  Center provides testing, nutrition education and general resources for students living with or at risk for diabetes.

Ellen Bauersfeld in her office at the Klotz Student Health Center.

Ellen Bauersfeld in her office at the Klotz Student Health Center. Photo by Shaleeka Powell.

Ellen Bauersfeld, Registered Dietitian at the Health Center, provides one on one nutrition counseling for all students who attend the university. She sees students  that want to lose or gain weight, are vegetarians, or have been diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol or any other disease that can be helped with a medical intervention.

Examples of recommended healthy food in Ellen Bauersfeld's office.

Examples of recommended healthy food in Ellen Bauersfeld’s office. Photo by Shaleeka Powell.

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Report, Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes and type 2 diabetes accounts for about 95 percent of diagnosed diabetes in adults. In the interview Bauersfeld discusses what both Type 1 and 2 Diabetes are and what individuals can do treat the diseases.

CSUN students are concerned about the increased percentage of individuals that have diabetes. Sophia Lopez, Nutrition and Dietetic major, has been exposed to diabetes since she was 8 years old. In the interview she talks about her experience witnessing two of her  8-year-old friends, who were born with the disease, inject their insulin shots before every meal.

Nina Farokhfol, a child development major, knows two individuals with the disease and she gives a preventative tip in the interview.
There are different foods individuals should consume to prevent diabetes from occurring. In the interview Bauersfeld recommends different foods individuals should eat.

Several studies have shown that healthy eating and regular physical activity, used with medication if prescribed, can help control health complications from type 2 diabetes or can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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