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What are diabetes?


is a disease that affects your body's ability to produce or use insulin. Insulin is a hormone. When your body turns the food you eat into energy (also called sugar or glucose), insulin is released to help transport this energy to the cells.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, previously called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, represents about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin at first. Eventually, it makes almost no insulin. Because of this, too much sugar can build up in the blood and can cause some diabetes-related problems (complications). Although type 1 diabetes often shows up in childhood or early adulthood, it can appear at any age.

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