Young people: what is diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can not make insulin, or when there is not enough insulin, and/or the insulin produced does not work effectively.
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|Your body makes glucose for its energy source|
|Source = carbohydrates||Found in: potatoes, corn, bread, pasta, rice, fruit and milk|
|Glucose is carried around your body through the bloodstream|
|Glucose goes into the body’s tissues to fuel the different cells.||Glucose is stored in your liver.|
|Insulin is used to transfer glucose from the blood to the body cells|
|Insulin = hormone made by the pancreas||Process is called glucose metabolism|
|Diabetes = when pancreas can’t make any or makes insufficient insulin|
|No insulin = no glucose transferred to body cells||Glucose builds up in blood leading to high blood glucose levels and health problems|
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