What exactly is diabetes?
Simply put, people with diabetes have too much sugar in their bloodstream. When we eat, our bodies break down carbohydrates into glucose and absorb it for energy. The hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces, helps the process occur. But diabetes interferes, either hindering the release of insulin or the body's response to it.
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Are you at risk?
Answering yes to any of these questions could mean you're more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes.
- Are you overweight?
- Are you older than 45?
- Are you African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic or Native American?
- Do you have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes?
- Do you or did you have gestational diabetes while pregnant?
Type 1: Usually develops when the patient is a child or adolescent. The pancreas doesn't create enough insulin.
Type 2: By far the most common form, affecting 90 to 95Read More »from Diabetes: Are You at Risk?