Class for today started with a lecture given by Dr. Fowler on diabetes and pharmacology. Within a span of hour, our class familiarized ourselves with each type of diabetes and possible treatments. But most importantly, we learned why diabetes are important enough to care about. Statistically speaking, the United States is ranked third in the world for the total number of people with diabetes. With everyone in the room raising their hand when asked if they knew people they know with diabetes, I'd say he was right on the dot. One out of every 12 Americans have diabetes. And only two out of three people know they have diabetes. Since the Western Hemisphere is overfed, diabetes is a lot more common than it was when Dr. Fowler was in high school. In fact, he mentioned how uncommon diabetes was way back then. And now, I'd be shocked if anyone said the same thing now. Sadly, its prevalence can't be reversed. But the good thing is, is diabetes can be monitored and kept under control with medication and living a healthier lifestyle.
Right after Dr. Fowler's lecture, one of the proctors came to take our picture. Apparently, VSA is getting a yearbook together based on the past couple weeks. Finding a place to take the picture was a little more challenging than I thought it would be. Ironically, the area we decided to have the photo taken by was surrounded by insects larger than I hoped. I couldn't wrap my head around what they actually were. I've seen some unfamiliar insects here in Nashville. And they're not the type I want to familiarize myself with. All I knew was that I hoped they weren't the stinging type.
With the week coming to a close, we soon approach the weekend. Hearing the schedule for Saturday and Sunday, a lot is in store for us. We're in for a great start to the weekend, with class taught by Jake!