Did you know that diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness?
Diabetes is a disease when your blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat turns into glucose (sugar) for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. When your blood sugar is controlled, you feel better – you can have more energy, less sick days, and delay diabetes problems.
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For more information, download the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse publication, Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.