What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body transforms food into energy. Normally, food is digested and broken down into glucose, which is later released into the bloodstream. The pancreas produces insulin when blood sugar goes up to store excessive sugar as energy. When diabetes occurs, the body cannot use insulin properly or produce enough insulin. As a result, sugar stays in the blood and leads to more serious health issues, such as kidney disease, vision loss, or heart problems.