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Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.
There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:
Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.
However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.
Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Videos from NHS Choices
Parents describe how they deal with a diabetic child including daily routines such as insulin injections and how children can life live to the full.
Chandler Bennet was diagnosed with Diabetes 1 in 2004. She explains what effect the diagnosis has on her life and the life of her family and friends
A consultant ophthalmologist describes how diabetes can affect your vision and the possible treatments.