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In America about 15 million Americans have diabetes and about half of them have not been diagnosed by it Diabetes is a complex disorder of the bodys chemistry In our body the components of food are broken down into glucose which the body uses as an energy supply In a person with diabetes the glucose or sugar in the body cannot or has trouble in breaking down Insulin the main cause of all diabetes-related diseases is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps breaking down the glucose or sugar into the energy that the body needs People with diabetes dont have enough insulin or no insulin in their body to do this which may cause physical problems if not treated or diagnosed The glucose levels or sugar levels rises in the blood due to the sugar in the body To maintain this level people with diabetes must watch what they eat and check their blood sugar level at least 4 to 6 times a day And they need insulin doses to help break down their food Unfortunately insulin cannot be in a pill form because the digestive juices would digest it before it has a chance to take affect That is why insulin must be injected into a tissue usually the thighs or arms in order to work If a kid forgets to inject the insulin doses then their sugar level will not stay stable and theyll feel dizzy weak or tired There are two types of diabetes mellitus Type I and Type II Type I is most common in kids but adults sometimes get it too Overweight 30-40 years old people are usually the ones to get the Type II form of diabetes but again kids can get it too The two types are similar and both have a problem with insulin Kids and adults with Type I and Type II both have to check their sugar level by taking a drop of
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