Understanding Diabetes

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Diabetes is a very well known disorder. Nearly eighteen million people in the United States alone have diabetes. Diabetes is a serious illness, and there are about 1,800 new cases are being diagnosed each day. To completely understand diabetes, a person must first know how the body works with the disease and then determine which type of diabetes he/she has. There are three types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes. There are many factors that play into the development of this disease. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. In Type 2 the body still makes insulin, but is not using it correctly, resulting in elevated blood sugars. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnancy, but goes away after birth. These are the three different types of diabetes, and what type of effect they have on the body. There are many different scientists who are out there trying to come up with a cure for diabetes, and hopefully in the near future they will do so.

As stated earlier, to understand diabetes completely, one must first understand how the body works. During digestion, your body changes most of the foods you eat into glucose. Also during digestion, your body tells the pancreas to make important chemical called insulin. Insulin, like glucose enters your blood and travels to your cells. Glucose and insulin meet at your cells, where the insulin acts as a key unlocking the cells to let the glucose enter. Type 1 diabetes develops because the body destroys the beta cells in the islet tissue of the pancreas that produce insulin. The rate at which the beta cells are destroyed varies. Infants and children usually d...

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...e people on the job that are making a difference. There are new advancements coming out everyday on ways to help people who dealing with diabetes live a better life.

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