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Diabetes is a disease that causes an abnormally high level of sugar or glucose to build up in the blood Diabetes also is caused by a shortage or improper use of insulin Insulin is a hormone that is produced by specialized cellsbets cells in the pancreas It is then released into the blood stream Insulin is required to allow glucose sugar to enter the cells in the body to be used for energy Seventeen million Americans have diabetes A third of people with diabetes dont know they have it If you dont take care of it diabetes can lead to blindness kidney problems heart problems wounds that dont heal and impotence in men There are 3 types of diabetes Type 1 Type 2 and gestational Type 1 is also known as Juvenile onset or Insulin Dependent Diabetes People who have Type 1 Diabetes are born with it and can start to see symptoms as a child thus giving the name Juvenile Diabetes Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are caused when glucose blocked from entering the bodys cells instead builds up in the blood The symptoms usually develop quickly over a few hours A person with undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes may appear quit ill and complain of increased thirst urination and appetite as well as weight loss If these symptoms are not treated quickly a condition known as ketoacidiosis can develop and lead to a dangerously high level of acid in the body the result of the bodys inability to use glucose for energy The pancreas of a person with Type 1 diabetes produces no insulin so the cells are unable to convert blood glucose into energy Type 1 Diabetes is relatively rare affecting less then 1 of the population and accounting for about 10 of all people with diabetes This Diabetes occurs only about half as often in darker skinned people then in lighter skinned people Unlike people with
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