Diabetes Mellitus Facts and Statistics
Diabetes is a health condition in which the body is unable to properly use glucose (sugar) for energy resulting in high levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia). There are two types of diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas can no longer produce insulin and thus glucose is unable to enter the cells for use as energy. In Type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas does not produce an adequate amount of insulin or the body cannot respond properly to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form. Individuals with hyperglycemia usually experience signs and symptoms of frequent urination (polyuria), excessive thirst (polydipsia), and excessive hunger (polyphagia).
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