All About what causes diabetes:

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how the body converts food into energy.

Your body breaks down most of the foods you eat into sugar (also called glucose) and releases them into the bloodstream. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts as a key that allows blood sugar to enter the body’s cells for use as energy.

With diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it makes. When there is not enough insulin or the cells stop responding to insulin, too much sugar remains in the bloodstream and, over time, this can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

There is still no cure for pre-diabetes, but losing weight, eating healthy foods, and being active can really help. Other things you can do:

  • Take the medicine as prescribed.
  • Get education and support for diabetes self-control
  • Make and attend health care appointments.


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