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Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which sugar or glucose levels build up in your bloodstream. The hormone insulin moves the glucose from your blood into your cells, where it's used for energy.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease. In people with type 1, cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are destroyed and the body is unable to make insulin.
In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells aren't able to respond to insulin as well as they should. In later stages of the disease, your body may also not produce enough insulin. Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to chronically high blood glucose levels, causing several symptoms and potentially leading to serious complications.
A few well-known titles that are extremely helpful when you’re new to diabetes including “Diabetes for Dummies” by Alan L. Rubin, “Think Like a Pancreas,” by award-winning Certified Diabetes Educator Gary Scheiner and Gretchen Becker’s “The First Year with Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.”
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