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What is diabetes? 

Le 11/09/2019

It is a very common disease that affects one in 11 people in the world. The cause is an imbalance of the hormone, insulin.

Its mission is very important because it controls the transport of sugar to your cells. That’s how your muscles fill up with energy.

In diabetics, their body doesn’t make or use insulin well. The sugar stays in the blood and the blood sugar level is too high.

But why is this disease dangerous?

Diabetes can damage lots of organs, such as your eyes, kidneys, your heart or brain…

In 2017, 4 million people in the world died because of this disease.

There are different types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is less common. It has many causes and is complicated to prevent.

Type II is the most common type of diabetes. Unhealthy food, a lack of physical activity or stress are partly responsible for the disease.

Some patients have to measure their blood sugar level regularly…

…and they must have daily treatment.

But even today, one out of two diabetics doesn’t know they are sick…

… Because people don’t know the symptoms: such as tiredness, being over thirsty and hungry.

That’s why, every year, November 14th is World Diabetes Day to explain the disease and help save lives.