Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Introduction

At a Glance

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism. When people eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into the cells. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body in the urine. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.

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What is Diabetes?

When you eat, your body breaks down the sugars and starches from food into glucose. The body uses insulin to convert glucose…

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Who Gets Diabetes?

Fast food, soda and white bread are all high in calories and low in nutritional value. If you eat more of this kind of food than fruits, vegetables and lean meat, you may be…

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Am I At Risk?

A blood test can measure the amount of glucose in your blood. You fast overnight or for eight-hours during the day, and then take a blood test to measure your glucose levels.…

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Prevention

Changing your eating and exercise habits to prevent diabetes will make you healthier overall. Walk, ride a bike or swim three times a week. Eat a diet that includes more…

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Symptoms

Feeling very thirsty all the time and going to the bathroom frequently are the most common signs of diabetes. If your cells can't get glucose to turn into energy, you may be…

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Hot Topics

Most of us are familiar with the two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.   Type 1 is primarily autoimmune; the autoantibodies (antibodies produced against your own cells) destroy most of the beta cells that produce insulin, so people…