What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. This occurs either when the body does not produce enough of a hormone known as insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.
Diabetes requires daily self-care and if poorly managed or left undiagnosed, can lead to serious complications and reduced life expectancy. Ranked as the world’s seventh leading cause of death (1), Diabetes affects over 400 million people worldwide, 26.8 Million people in the US and 1.2 million people in Australia.