Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot properly store and use fuel for energy. The fuel that your body needs is called glucose. Glucose comes from foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits and some vegetables. To use glucose, your body needs insulin. Insulin is made by a gland in your body called the pancreas.

  1. You have diabetes because either:
    Your body makes too little or no insulin. 

  2. This is called type 1 diabetes; or
    Your body can't use the insulin it makes. 
    This is called type 2 diabetes.

  3. With little or no insulin, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. This causes high blood glucose levels.

For more detailed information on Diabetes programs in RQHR, visit our Diabtes Services page.  

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