What is diabetes?
In type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. Insulin is needed to help glucose enter cells for energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood. This causes high blood sugar.
Unlike those with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes are able to produce an adequate amount of insulin via the beta cells of the pancreas. However, cells in their fat tissue, liver and muscles don’t utilize this insulin properly. Because of this, the pancreas responds by trying to make even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can no longer keep up with the body’s demands, resulting in what is known as type 2 diabetes.
Am I at risk for diabetes?
Good news is, with healthy lifestyle changes, you can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Take action and find out if you are at risk for diabetes.