What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which your body cannot control the level of glucose in your blood.

The amount of sugar in your blood is normally controlled by a hormone called insulin.  Insulin gets glucose – a type of sugar – from your blood and into your body’s cells where it’s turned into energy.

If you have type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, your insulin doesn’t work as well as it should.

Without any or enough insulin, glucose builds up in your blood.  This can make you lose weight, feel very tired or thirsty, or need to wee more often.

It’s important to treat diabetes properly so you can control your symptoms and stop health problems from developing in the future.


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