What Exactly Is Diabetes?
In essence, diabetes is a disease in which your body can no longer regulate its blood sugar effectively.
When our body is functioning normally, our pancreas releases the hormone insulin in response to consuming carbohydrates. Insulin helps keep blood sugar stable by transporting glucose into our cells for energy and storing excess fat. This process effectively removes glucose from our bloodstream before it can cause damage.
However, this system fails in diabetes. Your cells become resistant to the effects of insulin and essentially refuse to allow insulin to carry glucose, so your blood sugar is consistently high.
“There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is primarily genetic, while Type 2 diabetes is due to poor diet and lifestyle.”
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