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What is diabetes and what are the types of diabetes?

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Diabetes is a group of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. Normally, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes occurs when one of the following occurs:

  • The pancreas does not produce any insulin
  • The pancreas produces very little insulin
  • The body does not respond appropriately to insulin, a condition called "insulin resistance."

From: Diabetes Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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