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According to the CDC, “Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or 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.”
The best defense against the complications of Diabetes is to educate yourself about your disease and how to take care of yourself now that you have been diagnosed.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Management
Originally published November 23, 2015; Revised 2019
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