Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not make or properly use a pancreatic hormone called insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose (sugar) efficiently. Normally, insulin allows glucose to enter cells and be used for energy. In the case of diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the amount that is produced is not fully effective. Research studies suggest that new-onset diabetes in people over the age of 50 may be an early symptom of pancreatic cancer. A sudden change in blood sugar levels in diabetics who previously had well-controlled diabetes may also be a sign of pancreatic cancer.

Changes in diet and sometimes insulin therapy are necessary to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

 

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