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Diabetes Worldwide

Diabetes has shaped my viewpoint of health from an early age because it is my mother’s disease.

Diabetes is a serious, long-term condition with a major impact on the lives and well-being of individuals and families worldwide, leading to several complications if poorly managed. Simply speaking, it is a chronic disease that occurs when the body cannot produce, or correctly use insulin, leading to raised glucose levels in the blood (known as hyperglycemia). Insulin is a hormone synthesized by the pancreas, that allows for glucose (“sugar” from the food we ingest), to go from the bloodstream into the cells. In some people (like my mom), the immune system mistakenly destroyed clusters of cells in the pancreas, and they ceased to produce insulin. This is the onset of type 1 diabetes ( insulin-dependent diabetes), and to this date, the cause is unknown. …

Filipe Fernandes

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