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What is Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus or diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results from an imbalance of harmonies produced in the pancreas People with diabetes arent able to properly convert the food they eat into fuels needed by the body to function this can be dangerous because without fuel the body is unable to function properly Not too long ago people didnt know what diabetes was or how to treat it In those days people who had diabetes often died as a result of not being able to convert food into the energy needed by the body We now know what diabetes is and how to treat it to help those with diabetes live a normal and healthy lives However we still dont know what exactly causes it and there is no cure for diabetes yet Belmonte5-7 Diabetes affects almost 16 million people in the US and millions more world wide It is not contagious It can not be spread from person to person No one can catch it from you It is called a syndrome which is a collection of diseases This means that there is more than one kind of diabetes Belmonte 7-8 What causes diabetes The bodys immune system plays an important role in the development in diabetes The immune system projects us from harmful substances that may harm our body such as viruses and bacteria The immune system of people with diabetes seek out the cells that produce insulin and destroys them This causes people with diabetes to stop producing insulin partially or completely With out insulin diabetes developsGordon 15 Heredity plays a role in deterring who will develop diabetes especially for Type II diabetes You are at a higher risk of getting diabetes if someone in your family has or
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