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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common life-long health condition, with 3.5 million people diagnosed with it in the UK alone. This number is expected to continue to rise heavily over the next few years.

 

Diabetes occurs because the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) either doesn’t produce enough insulin, doesn’t produce any at all, or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.

 

The purpose of insulin in the bloodstream, is to control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the body after a person has eaten. Therefore if the insulin isn’t working properly, then your blood sugar will become too high for the body to cope with.

 

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes. This is known as prediabetes.

 

Please visit the links below for more information on Diabetes or speak to your local healthcare professional.

 

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/

 

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/pages/diabetes.aspx

 

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

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