What is diabetes?

 

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Diabetes hit the headlines recently, after the Ministry of Health declared war against the disease. But how much do you know about this ailment?

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, is a long-term illness where there are high levels of sugar in the blood. The body needs sugar to make energy, and the hormone insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood. A person with diabetes either produces too little insulin, or does not respond well to what is produced, leading to a build-up of sugar in the blood.

In Singapore, diabetes is the 10th leading cause of death. One out of nine people aged 18 to 69 has diabetes – that’s more than 400,000 people, and this number is projected to hit 600,000 by 2030. It can affect anyone of any age or race,…

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