What is Diabetes?
Welcome to diabetes-faq.org, your source for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about diabetes. In these pages you'll find helpful and informative facts about diabetes symptoms, diagnosis, testing, & more.
Diabetes mellitus is a set of diseases and complications caused by a failure to regulate sugars in the blood (glucose). This failure to regulate blood glucse levels can arise by many different mechanisms. While there are many different types of diabetes, all involve problems with the production or utilization of the hormone insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body make use of the sugar and fat in the food you eat. The diagnosis of diabetes is based upon the degree of excess sugar (glucose) in the blood. If left untreated, diabetes can cause significant health risks and complications.
Currently, over 150 million people have diabetes and the number is expected to rise sharply. While anyone can develop diabetes, it is most common in adults over the age of 45 who are overweight or lead sedentary lifestyles. It is believed that up to a third of people with this condition are not aware of it.
There is no cure to diabetes, but diabetics can lead healthy lives by proactively managing their disease through lifestyle choices and appropriate medication.