Diabetes…Does it run in your family? Are you at risk? Do you have Pre-Diabetes? by Emery Myers RN, Diabetic

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Diabetes

#Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there is a high level of sugar in the blood.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

I am an insulin dependent diabetic. I was diagnosed a year ago with a fasting blood sugar of over 300 and a Hemoglobin A1C of 13.9, which is twice what it should be. I was a registered nurse, bodybuilder, fitness person, ate right, etc. The disease can attack anyone, the saddest is when the disease attacks KIDS!

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both.

To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested:

  • A sugar called glucose enters the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel…

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