Diabetes is a health condition in which the body is unable to properly utilize food (carbohydrates) for energy, resulting in too much sugar in the blood. There is not a cure yet for diabetes, but with healthy lifestyle changes and proper management, people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives and continue doing activities they enjoy.
Why is blood sugar important?
Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to use sugar in the blood. Sugar in the blood comes from the foods that we eat.
Blood sugar is also called blood glucose.
Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps transport glucose from the blood into the cells of the body to be used for energy.