Diabetes is a medical condition that causes your blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels. More than 133 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies diabetes as one of the 4 main non-communicable diseases; the others include cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease. Diabetes accounts for 2 million deaths globally, according to the WHO.
As food is broken down in your digestive system, your pancreas produces insulin to help cells utilize the glucose in the food for energy. If your pancreas doesn’t produce a sufficient amount of insulin, high blood sugar levels result, and your body’s cells can’t make the energy you need to function properly.
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