July 27, 2020 | by the Nationl Care Planning Council
14 million older adults living in the U.S have diabetes. This disease corelates with serious complications in the body, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputation. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Below is some information and tips on how to manage and prevent diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes means your blood glucose (often called blood sugar) is too high. Your blood always has some glucose in it because your body needs glucose for energy. But too much glucose in the blood isn't good for your health.
Glucose comes from the food you eat and is also made in your liver and muscles. Your blood carries the glucose to all of the cells in your body. Insulin is a chemical (a hormone) made by the pancreas. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin helps the glucose from food get into your cells.
If your body does not make enough insulin or if the insulin doesn't work the way it should, glucose can't get into your cells. It stays in your blood instead. Your blood glucose level then gets too high, causing pre-diabetes or diabetes.
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