What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the inappropriate regulation of blood sugar in the body.
Normally the body digests food by breaking it down into fuel, glucose. Glucose then enters the blood stream with the goal of entering the cells. In response to glucose, the pancreas releases insulin, which binds to cells and allows the easy passage of glucose from the blood stream into the cell. The amount of insulin released by the pancreas is in direct proportion to the amount of glucose in the blood stream.
When someone has diabetes this process is impaired and glucose has trouble getting out of the blood stream and into the cell.