What is diabetes?

Video Transcript

Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists”! Join our pharmacists as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or in some cases where our body's cells don’t respond properly to the insulin produced. Insulin itself is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin’s role in the body is to regulate glucose, or more commonly known as sugar, in the bloodstream. It needs to be regulated so that our body will function properly. When the glucose goes inside our body’s cells, we use it as an energy source. The only problem is when there is still too much blood sugar in the bloodstream, it ends up causing damage to our organs, blood vessels, and nerves.

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The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

The information included in this recording is correct as of May 20th, 2021