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Diabetes is a Lifelong Disease

Diabetes is a chronic disease. It can develop when the body is not able to make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or when it is not able to absorb sugar properly (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is a hormone that helps major organs such as the brain, liver, and muscles to absorb sugar, which we call glucose.

When the body produces an insufficient amount of insulin, or it does not use glucose properly, these organs are affected negatively. They will be unable to take up sugar from the bloodstream and convert it to energy, decreasing their ability to function in the process. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood, a condition that could be damaging to other organs in the body. When diabetes is not treated, it could lead to life-threatening conditions. Patients could develop problems such as sight impairment, heart problems, kidney diseases, stroke, and other health issues.