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November is American Diabetes Month


November 3, 2022

Diabetes mellitus is a disease that affect how the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues. It is also the brain's main source of fuel.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (sucrose) and glucose from carbohydrates for immediate energy. Or, insulin allows the body to store glucose for future use. These metabolic activities keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). In diabetics, the pancreas does not function. This leads to excess sugar in the blood. Too much sugar in the blood can lead to serious health problems.

Diabetes can start at any age. Type 1 diabetes often starts during childhood or teen years. Type 2 diabetes is more common in people older than forty.


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