What does it mean to have diabetes?

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Diabetes is a chronic non-communicable disease, in which a person has high levels of blood glucose, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or it the body is unable to use the insulin that is produced in an effective manner. 

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic worldwide condition in both developed and developing countries. It is characterized by the body’s inability to use insulin effectively in order to help the body metabolise the sugar from the food we eat.  Onset of symptoms can be gradual. It often is the result of excess weight and a lack of exercise.  Gestational diabetes can sometimes occur during pregnancy.


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