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Diabetes

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?
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Living with diabetes

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Related Questions

  • Age: 18
    Gender: Male

    Question:

    Can you get Diabetes from eating too much junk food?

    Answer:

    Eating junk food does not directly cause Diabetes, however, eating too much junk food can lead to obesity, which can cause type 2 Diabetes.  Diabetes occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood becomes too high. To remain healthy, your blood glucose level should not go too high or too low. A hormone called insulin helps control the levels of glucose in your blood. In Type 2 diabetes you either do not make enough insulin for your body`s needs, and/or the cells in your body are not able to use the insulin properly. Health consequences of diabetes include; an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and poor circulation, eye and vision problems, kidney damage, nerve damage, serious foot problems, impotence.

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