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Diabetes is caused when the pancreas does not produce enough of the hormone insulin. Diabetes can also occur if the body is not able to use insulin properly.
Insulin transforms the glucose in your blood into the energy you need. Without insulin, your glucose levels would build up in your blood.
There are two types of diabetes:
- Insulin dependent diabetes when sufferers need to inject themselves with insulin to help turn the glucose into energy
- Non-insulin dependent diabetes when sufferers need to stick to a balanced diet
Causes of diabetes:
- Over-eating or being overweight
- Not enough exercise
- Family history
Symptoms of diabetes:
- Needing to urinate excessively
- Feeling thirsty
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight loss
- Recurrent thrush
- Itchy genitals
- Blurred vision
If you suspect you may be diabetic, please visit your GP as soon as you can.