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Diabetes, clinically known as Diabetes Mellitus, is a disease that affects the body’s use of blood sugar, also referred to as glucose. Your body uses glucose to give energy to muscle and tissue cells throughout your body, as well as fuel for your brain. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your body cannot metabolize the glucose efficiently, causing you to have too much glucose in your blood stream. This can lead to serious health issues.  

Diabetes and Your Body

Your body is meant to be a fine-tuned machine. Insulin is a hormone that is produced and stored in the pancreas, the gland below the stomach. The pancreas will secrete insulin into the bloodstream. As it circulates through your bloodstream, it assists the glucose by providing the it with the ability to enter the cells of muscles and tissues.

Glucose is a type of sugar, a source of energy for the cells of muscles and tissues. The source for glucose is mainly either food or your liver. The liver will break down the glycogen in has produced into glucose to keep your body’s glucose level in balance. Glucose travels through your body’s bloodstream, and enters the muscles and tissues with the help of the insulin.

If either your glucose level or insulin level are out of a normal range, the body normally counters the level with either the insulin or glucose to balance. When you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your body needs assistance to maintain that delicate balance within your body.

Symptoms of Diabetes

It’s important to pay attention to changes in your body. Common signs of diabetes are:

  • Increased Thirst

  • Increase in appetite

  • Dry Mouth

  • Frequent Urination

  • Unexplained Weight Loss

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Blurred Vision

  • Slow healing wounds

  • Frequent infections

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please consult with your healthcare provider.