What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body processes food.
Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar, and then it is released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar level goes up, your body creates energy.
Diabetic patients either don’t make enough insulin or their bodies don’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should. Too much blood sugar stays in the bloodstream and isn’t released to create energy. Over time, this can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
Diabetes currently doesn’t have a cure, but losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active can help. Taking medicine as needed, diabetes education, and keeping health care appointments can also reduce the impact of diabetes on your health.