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Making sense of diabetes: A simple explanation


Diabetes Symptoms

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses sugar. Sugar is a type of fuel that your body uses to make energy. In a healthy person, when we eat food, our body breaks it down into sugar and sends it into the bloodstream. The sugar then goes to the cells in our body that use it as fuel to do their job.


But in a person with diabetes, their body doesn't work the way it should. Think of it like a car that is supposed to run on gasoline, but instead, it's running on diesel fuel. The car (or in this case, the person's body) can still run, but it's not running as well as it should be.


There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn't make insulin at all. Insulin is a hormone that helps the sugar in your bloodstream get into your cells to be used as fuel. Without insulin, the sugar stays in your bloodstream and can't be used by your cells. This is like trying to fill up a car with gasoline, but the tank (your body) is closed, so you can't get any gasoline


In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't make enough insulin or the cells in the body don't respond to insulin properly. This is like trying to fill up a car with gasoline, but the gas station (your body) is open, but the pump (insulin) isn't working properly, so you can't get as much gasoline (sugar) into your car (body) as you need.


To take care of diabetes, it's important to manage your blood sugar levels. This can be done by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood sugar levels. It's also important to take any medications prescribed by your doctor. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections to help your body use the sugar in your bloodstream. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may need to take oral medications or insulin injections to help your body use the sugar in your bloodstream.


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In addition to managing your blood sugar levels, it's also important to take care of your overall health. This includes regular check-ups with your doctor, keeping track of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and quitting smoking if you smoke.


Overall, diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses sugar. By managing your blood sugar levels, taking care of your overall health, and following the advice of your doctor, you can live a healthy life with diabetes.

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