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Diabetes and the Body

Diabetes affects the body and the body affects diabetes. Click on a body system or body part and see the role that organs, hormones and responses play in ensuring the body functions and how diabetes can affect them.

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This section looks at the different systems in the body, how the body’s organs work and how they can be affected by diabetes.

The pancreas is recognised by many of us as having an effect on blood sugar levels but there are many more organs which play a role in diabetes.

Choose a system by hovering over it and see the role that different organs, hormones and responses play in ensuring the body functions. Guides to hormones, bodily processes or biological functions can be under the biological system that they are most relevant to.

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Circulatory

The circulatory system is the body's method of transport.

Digestive

The digestive system is known to have particular significance in type 2 diabetes.

Endocrine

The pancreas is arguably the most important organ in diabetes.

Immune

Type 1 diabetes is the result of an autoimmune response, whereby the body's immune system attacks its own insulin producing cells.

Muscular

The muscles largely rely on glucose for energy.

Nervous

The nervous system can suffer from the effects of high blood sugar levels.

Reproductive

High blood sugar can have detrimental effects on the reproductive system.

Respiratory

The effect of diabetes on the respiratory system is less significant than it is for other organ systems.

Skeletal

Bones behave as an endocrine organ by releasing hormones which help improve sensitivity to insulin.

Urinary

The pancreas is arguably the most important organ in diabetes.

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