Diabetes mellitus is a condition that affects how much insulin is made or used by the body. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows the sugar from our food to enter the cells and be used for energy. Without this vital hormone, sugar is unable to enter the cells and remains in the blood stream, resulting in hyperglycemia. This video is a brief introduction to the basics of diabetes and how this condition can affect your health. Watch the complete clip to learn more.
When not managed properly, diabetes can cause damage to almost every organ and tissue in the body. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, call the Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700 today. Our nurses can help you to find an experienced and compassionate diabetes specialist near you.