Diabetes mellitus (often referred to simply as diabetes)
is a medical condition in which the body doesn't produce or use
insulin, leading to dangerously high levels of glucose in the blood.
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The food we consume is converted into glucose, or sugar, for our
bodies to use as energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the
stomach, creates a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the
cells of our bodies.
Diabetes causes sugars
to build up in your blood. Diabetes can cause serious health
complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and
lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is predicted by a clear set of
symptoms, but it still often goes undiagnosed.
are currently over 2.5 million people with diabetes in the UK and there
are more than half a million people with diabetes who have the
condition who aren’t aware of it. (according to latest figures from )