Diabetes is a condition which affects how your body uses sugar.
We all need sugar to keep the cells in our body working. When we eat sugar, it goes into our blood and a hormone called insulin (which is made in an organ called the pancreas) lets it into our cells. Insulin is a bit like a key as it unlocks the cell doors and lets glucose in. If we don't have enough insulin or it doesn't work properly, the glucose cannot enter the cells and it hangs round in our blood. When the sugar in blood is too high, it can be dangerous.
Diabetes causes people to get high blood sugar.
In this section, you will learn about:
- Why is diabetes important?
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Living with diabetes