Getting your Medicine Right

List of Words

Type 1 Diabetes
is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the pancreatic cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes
occurs when the body’s insulin is unable to work properly (insulin resistance) and/or when the body cannot produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels.
Gestational diabetes
is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy when placental hormones may interfere with the normal production of insulin.
is a hormone produced in the pancreas, which acts like a key that unlocks cells to get the glucose from the blood into the muscles to provide our body with energy.
Blood glucose level
is how much glucose is in your blood at a given time. This level is very important for people with diabetes, and they must monitor their blood glucose level throughout the day. If the blood glucose level is too high (hyperglycemia), that means that there isn’t enough insulin in the blood. If it’s too low (hypoglycemia), that means that there’s too much insulin.