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How well do you manage your adult onset diabetes?

Diabetes is a very serious disease the that effects many adults.

People become diabetic when their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is consistently and over a long period of time, too high. The good news is that you can take steps to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease to develop in older adults. If you already have diabetes, there are steps you can take to manage the condition and prevent diabetes-related health problems.

What Is Diabetes Mellitus?

Our bodies turn a lot of the food we eat into sugar, called glucose, which gives us energy. To use glucose as energy, our body needs insulin, a hormone that helps glucose get into our cells. If you have diabetes, your body may not make enough insulin or may not use insulin in the right way, or both. That can cause too much glucose to stay in the blood, which can cause health problems over time. Your family doctor may refer you to a doctor who specializes in taking care of people with diabetes, called an endocrinologist. Your doctor will work directly with you to manage your diabetes.

Medical informational sites like, The National Institute on Aging and Web MD, supplies a wealth of information on this topic and along with your personal physician, will enable you to establish and maintain a successful diabetes management plan.

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