1 in 3 American adults is at risk for diabetes. What puts you at risk for diabetes? Major risk factors include old age, excess weight (particularly around the waist) family history, certain ethnicities, physical inactivity, and poor diet.
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.
If you have diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or can’t use insulin it makes as well as it should. When there is not enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, diabetes can cause serious problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
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