Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot properly use the food you eat for energy. Your cells need energy to live and grow.
When you eat, food breaks down into a form of energy called glucose. Glucose is another word for sugar. The glucose goes into your blood and your blood sugar rises. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas. It helps glucose move from your blood into your cells so your body can use it for energy. People cannot live without insulin.
There are three main types of diabetes.
You are more at risk for getting diabetes if you:
Signs of Diabetes:
Often people have no signs even though their blood glucose level is high. You can be checked for diabetes with a blood test.
The goal is to keep your glucose level as near to normal as possible. Your care may include:
Talk to your doctor, nurse, dietitian, and pharmacist to learn how to manage your diabetes.
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