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What is diabetes

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Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 04/22/2014 16:54:18 From: 69.207.163.18
Hi Anonymous,

When you have diabetes your body may not make enough insulin, or make make none at all. And/or your cells may not respond the right way to insulin in the blood. Either way this means that glucose has trouble entering the cells. If it can't enter the cells, it builds up to a harmful level in the bloodstream. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas is not making any insulin at all; people with type 1 diabetes usually must take insulin every day in order to get fuel (sugar) into most cells. Type 2 diabetes is when insulin doesn't work well to move the sugar out of the blood into the cells; this is called insulin resistance. Sometimes in type 2 diabetes the pancreas also does not make enough insulin. People with type 2 diabetes can often help their insulin work better with a 10-20 pound weight loss if they are overweight, moderate exercise like walking or biking, following a carbohydrate managed meal plan and/or taking oral diabetes medications. Sometimes people with type 2 diabetes may need to take insulin if there pancreas is not making enough insulin.
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Post to the Thread      Posted on 04/22/2014 13:07:36 From:
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