In simple terms, diabetes is a disease that prevents your body from properly using energy from the food you eat.
What causes diabetes?
While the causes of diabetes are not known, the following factors may increase your risk:
Injury to the pancreas
High blood pressure
History of gestational diabetes
How is diabetes managed?
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be treated and controlled.
Keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible by balancing food intake with medication and activity.
Maintain your blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels as near the normal ranges as possible.
Control your blood pressure. It is important that your blood pressure does not go over 140/90.
Decrease or possibly prevent the development of diabetes-related health problems.
I am a type-2 diabetic, and they took me off medication simply because I ate right and exercised. Diabetes is not like a cancer, where you go in for chemo and radiation. You can change a lot through a basic changing of habits. —SHERRI SHEPHERD