Diabetes / blood sugar

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.  

Having diabetes more than triples a woman’s risk of having a heart attack and greatly increases the chances a heart attack will be fatal. For pre-menopausal women, having diabetes cancels the protective effects of hormones present in women and significantly increases the risk of heart disease.

 

Glucose is a form of sugar which is a main source of energy for our bodies. The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which helps convert glucose into energy. For those with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or cannot produce enough – causing sugars to build up in your blood.

Taking steps to find out what your blood sugar is and keeping it well-controlled is essential.

Types of Diabetes

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