What Happens To Your Body When You Have Diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes (gd)

What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes (GD) happens when you have too much sugar (glucose) in your blood during pregnancy. Your blood sugar levels can go up when your body isn’t producing enough of a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps: the cells in your body to get energy from blood sugar your body to store any blood sugar that isn’t needed During pregnancy, hormones make it harder for your body to use insulin efficiently. So your body has to make extra insulin, especially from mid-pregnancy onwards. If your body can't make enough extra insulin, your blood sugar levels will rise and you may develop GD. Having too much sugar in your blood can cause problems for you and your baby, so you’ll have extra care during your pregnancy. On average, GD affects one mum-to-be in 20. GD goes away after your baby is born, because it's a condition that's only caused by pregnancy. The other types of diabetes, which are not caused by pregnancy, are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Some women have diabetes, without realising it, before they become pregnant. If this happens to you, it will be diagnosed as GD during your pregnancy. What are the symptoms of gestational diabetes? Continue reading >>

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    What happens when you have diabetes?
    This page will tell you about what happens when you have diabetes. Diabetes can even happen to animals like dogs and cats.
    Food powers our bodies. When we eat food it turns into glucose. This happens in our liver and gut. We use this glucose for energy.
    To make this happen, we use enzymes that come from our pancreas.
    Cells in the pancreas like little islands are called ‘islets’ and these make something called insulin.
    Our body uses insulin to move glucose from the cell walls, into our cells.
    Diabetes happens when there is not enough insulin to help the glucose turn into energy. This makes people feel sick.
    Diabetes can happen to small people, big people, and even dogs and cats!
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    Enzymes, Pancreas, Islets, Insulin

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