Diabetes develops when the body can no longer control normal blood sugar levels. Being overweight puts you at far greater risk of developing diabetes
The incidence of diabetes is increasing rapidly due to spiraling obesity rates. In Australia, 275 individuals a day are now diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
In a healthy person, blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are regulated by the hormone insulin.
Insulin is produced by the pancreas, a small organ located near the stomach. Insulin allows glucose to move from the blood into the liver, muscles and fat cells where it is used for fuel.
For all diabetics, glucose in the blood cannot move efficiently into the cells where it can be used to power up the cell. This not only affects energy production and function of the cell, but the glucose also harms certain organs and tissues exposed to this high amount of glucose. (Glucose damages protein structures within the body).
Overtime, this leads to the common complications of diabetes such as blindness and nerve breakdown.
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