Diabetes mellitus, often simply called diabetes, is a condition that results in high blood glucose levels from the lack or ineffective use of the hormone called insulin. Your body uses insulin to absorb glucose from the bloodstream into other cells to provide energy. Now, a person with diabetes doesn’t use insulin effectively, doesn’t make enough insulin, or doesn’t make insulin at all.
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In this section, you’ll find an overview of the differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as a brief description of metabolic syndrome, a condition that often precedes type 2 diabetes. You can also learn about the relationship between glucose and insulin, and how diabetes affects the rest of the body.