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Living Well with Diabetes

Chapter 1: You Can Live Well With Diabetes! Glucose can’t enter the every day. cell without insulin. 8 When You Have Type 2 Diabetes With type 2 diabetes, your body may not make enough insulin, and/or may not use insulin the right way. This means that glucose has trouble entering most cells. If it can’t enter the cells, glucose builds up to a harmful level in the bloodstream. This is called high blood glucose (hyperglycemia). There are two types of diabetes. Both are discussed below. Type 1 Diabetes When you have type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is usually not making any insulin at all. Type 1 diabetes most often develops in children. But people at any age can also get it. People with type 1 must take insulin Type 2 Diabetes When you have type 2 diabetes, your cells do not respond to insulin the way they should. This is called insulin resistance. The pancreas may try to overcome resistance by making more insulin. But, over time, the pancreas may not be able to provide enough insulin. People with type 2 diabetes may also need to take insulin. (But taking insulin does not mean that type 2 has become type 1.) The cell doesn’t respond to insulin. Glucose can’t enter the cell. PLAY ANIMATION Insulin Resistance


Living Well with Diabetes
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