Diabetes is a condition where your body cannot use and save food for energy as it should. Your body gets energy from glucose, which is a form of sugar. Glucose comes from foods such as fruit, milk, some vegetables and sugar. To control your blood glucose, you need to eat healthy foods and be active, and you may need to take pills and/or insulin.
There are many types of diabetes, but most people have either Type 1 or Type 2:
- Type 1 diabetes, which used to be called insulin-dependent diabetes, happens when the body cannot produce insulin. To correct this, you would take insulin to keep glucose levels normal.
- Type 2 diabetes happens when the body makes insulin, but your cells do not use the insulin as they should. To correct this, you would not need to take insulin, but you would have to eat healthy foods, be active and keep track of your blood glucose levels.
You can find more information about Diabetes at the Canadian Diabetes Association.