Diabetes : How Your Body Uses Blood Sugar Essay

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Diabetes Do you like sweet treats? If you get diagnosed with diabetes then you may not be able to eat as much of this as you did before. Diabetes can strike anyone, from any walk of life. Some signs of this disease may be frequent urination and increased thirst and increased hunger. In 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. (Statistics about Diabetes) Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. (Statistics about Diabetes) Diabetes in a very serious disease. With my family having a history of this disease, we take it very seriously and don’t joke around with it. Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel. There are different types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and even gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes which is also known as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas produces very little insulin or no insulin at all. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by the Islets of Langerhans, which is an irregular shaped patch of endocrine tissue located within the pancreas of most vertebrates. The most common islet cell, the beta cell, produces the insulin that is needed to help prevent diabetes. The Islets of Langerhans regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. The lack of insulin causes a form of…

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