What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious disease. It means that a person's blood sugar, also called blood glucose, is too high. Normally, a hormone called insulin helps turn food into energy. Everyone needs insulin to use the food we eat for energy. When a person has diabetes, the body either doesn't make insulin or cannot use insulin well.
When diabetes is uncontrolled, it can cause complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and loss of toes, feet and even legs. Diabetes can be controlled by keeping blood sugar levels within a normal range, eating well and being physically active.