Everyone has heard of diabetes but many don’t actually know exactly what diabetes is. Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. It prevents the body from properly using energy from food and occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the pancreas produces insulin, but it is resisted by the body.
When we eat food, it is broken down in glucose or sugar. Yes, we do need some glucose to help regulate our metabolism and give you energy. During digestion, glucose moves through the body through the bloodstream to feed your cells. To be able to transfer the blood sugar into the cells, your body needs insulin, which is made by the pancreas and released into the bloodstream.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes develops when glucose can’t enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel. This happens when either:
There are other types of diabetes which affect everyone from adults to babies. There are:
If you are worried about having diabetes please consult with your doctor, or contact your health insurance provider.