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What is diabetes?

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With the rise of obesity over the past several decades, diabetes as a condition has become extremely prevalent in Western society. While there are three separate forms of this condition, every type of diabetes shares several traits in common. Diabetes is defined by an atypically high blood sugar level, caused by the body’s inability to either produce or process insulin.

Insulin is a hormone used by the body to allow the absorption of glucose from the blood. Diabetes occurs when the insulin is either not present, or rendered ineffective by the body’s incapacity to effectively use it. This problem results in high percentages of glucose in the blood – colloquially referred to as “high blood sugar.”

While there currently is no cure for Diabetes, one can still live a happy and full life if the condition is managed correctly through dietary, medical and lifestyle treatments.

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