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Diabetes Mellitus What is diabetes Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to use sugar properly Normally the energy from the food you eat ends up in your blood stream in the form of glucose blood sugar All cells of the body need blood sugar to function and survive just like a car needs gas to run Glucose can pass directly into the nerve cells but the muscle and fat tissues need the help of insulin to receive sugar If we think of the cells having doors all around them then we can think of the insulin as the key to open the doors People with diabetes either cannot make enough insulin or their insulin does not work properly As a result too much sugar stays in the blood and is not let into the fat and muscle cells Important energy for your body is sugar We must keep sugar levels in balance Normal levels fall between 33 to 60 mmoll before meals and below 80 mmoll after meals People living with diabetes aim for a reasonable goal of levels between 40 and 80 mmoll before meals and before going to bed These levels can be different for very young children elderly people pregnant women etc Blood sugar levels change throughout the day and night They are usually at their lowest level before meals and at their highest levels one or two hours after meals More than 120 million people around the world have diabetes Every 8 minutes another Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes Mellitus diabetes usually presents itself after the age of forty and can be caused by aging where the pancreas weakens could result from medications taken for treatment of diseases
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