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Diabetes Diabetes is a very serious disease that attacks millions of people around the world It can strike at any age and can happen to anyone Although we are not exactly sure about the causes of diabetes we believe that it has to do with the bodys own immune system attacking and destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas Without insulin the glucose that we need to live have a hard time entering the cells of the body that need it If too much glucose builds up in the blood then a diabetic may begin to have headaches or blurry vision They may become very thirsty and have dry itchy skin If glucose levels go too low then a diabetic may feel shaky tired hungry confused or nervous There are two types of diabetes They are called Type 1 and Type 2 Some symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst constant hunger sudden weight loss for no reason rapid hard breathing sudden vision changes or blurry vision and drowsiness or exhaustion These symptoms ca n occur at any time Type 1 diabetes is more common in Americans then Type 2 It has affected over 1 million Americans with 30000 more people diagnosed every year 13000 of those being children Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but is most commonly diagnosed during childhood In Type 1 diabetes a persons pancreas produces little or no insulin and because insulin is necessary for life people with Type 1 diabetes must take several insulin injection shots each day for the rest of their lives Although insulin allows a person to stay alive it does not cure diabetes or prevent its complications The blood sugar level of the diabetic must be tested several times daily One this is done by pricking the finger with a special needle and placing the blood into a machine that will carefully read it This helps balance the glucose in the blood and will help
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