Diabetes

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a disease that leads to high levels of glucose in the blood [31982]. Diabetes occurs when a person is no longer able to produce their own insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas) to control blood glucose levels or when the body is longer able use insulin effectively, or both.

Diabetes is a serious complex condition that can affect the whole body [25838]. It is the world’s fastest growing chronic disease [30253] and the epidemic of the 21st century [25838].

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy).

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Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tailed Possum Dreaming) by Phyllis Napurrurla Williams

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