What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not properly process sugar for use as energy. High blood glucose or blood sugar can, in turn, cause serious health effects like nerve damage, eye problems, heart disease or stroke. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the cells producing insulin; it can be treated with insulin. Type II diabetes is an acquired insensitivity to insulin. Symptoms include fatigue, blurred vision, feelings of thirst, slow healing of cuts or bruises, and tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet (neuropathy). In the US, almost 10% of people have diabetes, and it is more common among Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics.