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Facts About Diabetes

Approximately 20 million people in the United States have diabetes. It is a serious disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputations. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body is not able to use sugar properly. The body needs sugar for energy. It gets sugar by breaking down food that is eaten. In order for sugar to enter the body’s cells to be used for energy, a hormone called insulin is produced in the pancreas. In diabetes, the body cannot use sugar because either the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin or the insulin that is available is not effective.

There are two types of diabetes:


The pancreas produces little or no insulin. The person with this type of diabetes must take injections of insulin, follow a meal plan, exercise and check blood sugar levels several times a day.

TYPE 2: The pancreas may or may not produce enough insulin or the insulin may not be effective. This is called insulin resistance. People with this type of diabetes follow a meal plan and exercise program, monitor blood sugar levels regularly and may take pills and/or insulin.

With proper diabetes management, you have a promise of a healthier future.

Mercy Medical Center has full accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the American College of Radiology and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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