Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (Sugar) to energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. When food is digested it is changed into fats, protein, or carbohydrates. Food that affect blood sugars are called carbohydrates. Carbohydrates when is digested change to glucose. Examples of some carbohydrates are bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit and milk products. Individuals with diabetes should eat carbohydrates but must do so in moderation.
Glucose is then transferred to the blood and is used by the cells for energy. In order for glucose to be transferred from the blood into the cells the hormone-insulin is needed. Insulin is produced by beta cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin).
In individuals with diabetes this process is impaired. Diabetes develops when the pancreas fail to produce sufficient quantities of insulin- Type 1 diabetes or the insulin produced is defective and cannot move glucose into the cells-Type 2 diabetes either insulin is not produced in sufficient quantities or the insulin produced is defective and cannot move the glucose into the cells.
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