To put it simply, you have Diabetes Mellitus when too much sugar is circulating in your blood stream. Sugar, also known as glucose, is an important and necessary fuel for our bodies.  Blood sugar levels normally stay in a certain range. In other words, your body has a system that regulates how much sugar is circulating in your blood stream. That system centers on a hormone called insulin, which is released from cells called Beta cells located in the pancreas.  Insulin allows the transfer of sugar from your blood into your muscle, liver and fat tissues where it is used as fuel or stored for your body for later use.  If you don’t have enough insulin, sugar accumulates in your blood stream and you have diabetes. There are different factors that determine why you don’t have enough insulin,and those factors determine if you have type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes or other types of diabetes.  For more information on diabetes classification, refer to http://www.wikirefua.org.il/index.php/Diabetes_classification

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Type I Diabetes Questions [Skip to type II] Do I need to take insulin for the rest of my life?
Glucose Monitoring

Glucose Monitoring

Blood sugar monitoring is fundamental to treatment of type I diabetes – and everyone needs to learn how to monitor
Insulin Therapy

Insulin Therapy

The ultimate goal of insulin therapy is to mimic normal insulin levels. For now we can only approximate this with
Type II Diabetes

Type II Diabetes

What is type II diabetes? In type II diabetes the problem is that the cells that are supposed to respond
Type I Diabetes

Type I Diabetes

Type I Diabetes Type I diabetes is caused by a loss or malfunction of the insulin producing cells, called pancreatic

 


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