What happens when you have diabetes?

What happens when you have diabetes?

This page will tell you about what happens when you have diabetes. Diabetes can even happen to animals like dogs and cats.

  • Food powers our bodies. When we eat food it turns into glucose. This happens in our liver and gut. We use this glucose for energy.
  • To make this happen, we use enzymes that come from our pancreas.
  • Cells in the pancreas like little islands are called ‘islets’ and these make something called insulin.
  • Our body uses insulin to move glucose from the cell walls, into our cells.
  • Diabetes happens when there is not enough insulin to help the glucose turn into energy. This makes people feel sick.
  • Diabetes can happen to small people, big people, and even dogs and cats!
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New words to remember:
Enzymes, Pancreas, Islets, Insulin

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