Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Diabetes










Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal.

Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, which is the turned into energy. The pancreas, 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 cannot properly utilize the insulin. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes is a condition that can be controlled through the use of medication, exercise, and nutritional management.




2 Comments:

At June 07, 2006 5:45 PM, Blogger Tara Michele said...

I love the cartoons showing the signs of Diabetes. Very helpful!

 
At June 14, 2006 5:58 PM, Blogger soukphpb said...

Some of those signs and symptoms makes me wonder if I have diabetes because I'm always hungry and usually tired. Good to know and maybe get tested. THANKS for the information.

 

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