Diabetes mellitus (more simply, "diabetes") comes in two types (1 and 2) which really are very different diseases, called by the same name only because both feature abnormally high blood sugar and its consequences. Type 2 is the more common of the two diseases.
Insulin is the hormone responsible for helping glucose (sugar) move into the cells so that the body can use it for fuel. Thus, insulin helps control the level of glucose in the blood. In type 2 diabetes, the person may make normal or even high levels of insulin, but the body cells do not use insulin effectively. This resistance to insulin is often caused by obesity. When the cells cannot take up glucose easily, they come up short on the energy they need to do their work.
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Caring for your Diabetes
The first step in caring for your diabetes is to know all you can about the condition and how you can help control it. Our Educators are here to help. For more information on our services, please call Pat Blubagh, R.N. Certified Diabetes Educator at 580-763-0868.