What is Diabetes?

You may have heard the word diabetes before. This page explains what diabetes is and how food, insulin and glucose are all related.

  • Diabetes is linked to digesting food, especially something called carbohydrates
  • When food is digested, something called glucose goes into your blood. Blood is the red stuff that comes out when you cut yourself, and it powers the whole body.
  • A type of hormone called Insulin is then released to absorb the leftover glucose.
  • If you have type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin
  • If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin
  • Diabetes is a very common condition that affects millions of people
  • Learning about how to manage diabetes is the key to being healthy, fit and strong
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New words to remember:
Glucose, Insulin, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes

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