Diabetes occurs when a person's body doesn't create insulin, or can not properly use the insulin it does produce. To understand diabetes, it helps to know how your body uses food. The food you eat is converted into sugar, which is carried through the bloodstream to your body's cells. Insulin, a hormone created by your pancreas, is like a key that unlocks the cells to let the sugar in. Without insulin, sugar stays in the bloodstream instead of providing energy to your cells.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • frequent urination
  • excessive thirst
  • extreme hunger
  • unusual weight loss
  • increased fatigue
  • irritability
  • blurry vision

The two types of diabetes

Treating diabetes 

Glucose meter systems MediSmart®