Glucose is the primary source of energy in the human body. This simple sugar comes from digesting carbohydrates into a chemical that the human body can easily convert to energy. But, when glucose levels in the bloodstream are not properly regulated, a person can develop a serious condition known as diabetes. What happens is that the sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood instead of going to the cells.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that 17 million people in the United States have diabetes, but that one-third are unaware they have the disease. "Diabetes," says the American Diabetes Association, "is a chronic disease that has no cure."
People with diabetes must check their blood sugar levels several times a day to help keep their diabetes under control. For many of the million people diagnosed with diabetes, their daily orders are blood glucose levels.
To control their glucose levels, patients with diabetes must take small blood samples many times a day. Such procedures are uncomfortable
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to watch what they eat and then test their and extremely inconvenient. Then, if their glucose level is low, the patient can inject insulin, a hormone that regulates the level of glucose. This is done everyday, with no days off.
Many scientists and researchers are working on ways to solve the diabetes riddle. So a cure, perhaps, is on the way.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...