of the food we eat is turned into glucose (sugar) for our
body to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies
near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help
glucose enter the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes,
your body either does not produce enough insulin, or cannot
use the insulin it does produce as well as it should. This
causes glucose to build up in your blood.
untreated, diabetes can cause serious complications including
heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, loss of feeling
to the hands and feet and lower extremity amputations. Diabetes
is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.