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….. gestational diabetes. This form of the condition occurs during pregnancy. Diabetes can also develop as a side-effect of medication or result from the development of another disease.

Diabetes results when the body fails to produce sufficient insulin to maintain the correct balance of glucose in the blood. When not enough insulin is created, the person is said to be insulin deficient. When the body does not respond to the insulin correctly, the person is said to be insulin resistant.

Our bodies regulate glucose levels to keep them in a safe, healthy range. The impact diabetes has on the body is to upset the regulation process, leaving individuals responsible for managing their blood glucose levels manually. It requires carefully monitoring food and drink intake, adjusting medication or insulin input. This is achieved by a person regularly testing their blood glucose levels.

When the blood glucose levels significantly rise or fall outside of the normal range, it impacts a person’s health with a range of signs and symptoms developing. Continuing high glucose levels are linked to damage occurring to various organs and tissues within the body.

For more information and support check out Diabetes New Zealand at https://www.diabetes.org.nz

Tomorrow we continue our look at diabetes and recognising when a diabetic emergency is developing.

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