As food is digested, it is broken down into glucose which is also known as sugar which provides energy and powers our cells. Insulin which is a hormone made in the pancreas moves the glucose from the blood to the cells. If there is not enough insulin or the insulin is not working properly, then the glucose stays in the blood as well as causes blood sugar levels to rise. There are three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 is caused from the pancreas no longer being able to make insulin and is usually found in children, teens and young adults.
Gestational diabetes can also occur near the end of a woman’s pregnancy and usually disappears after the baby’s birth. When poorly controlled diabetes causes blood glucose levels that are too high or too low, one may not feel well and diabetes that is poorly controlled over time can lead to complications that affect the body from head to toe. Issues can also occur with everything from one’s eyes, kidneys and nerves to reproductive organs, blood vessels and gums. Processed foods as well as items high in fat or sugar not only can disrupt the balance between glucose and insulin which results in inflammation.