The Diabetes Connection

Blood Glucose Test

Blood glucose is produced by the body from the foods that you eat (and some by the liver). Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, takes the sugar from the bloodstream and carries it to your cells where it is used for energy. This process controls the amount of sugar in your blood, keeping it from getting too low or too high.

When a person is overweight, the cells in the body become less sensitive to the insulin that is released from the pancreas. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which your body becomes resistant to the effect of insulin and doesn’t take up sugar from the bloodstream as it normally would. This causes the levels of blood sugar to become higher than normal. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.