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Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism affecting the way our body uses glucose.

Glucose is a form of sugar that is the main source of fuel.

Our digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates into glucose and lets it enter the bloodstream. Our blood transports the glucose to all the cells in our body. This glucose is either used straight away for energy or stored away for later use. The cells in our body absorb this glucose with the help of a hormone called insulin.

Carbohydrates are sugars and starches that are found in many foods like rice, wheat, potatoes, potato chips, ice creams and chocolates.

Insulin regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.

Sometimes the body doesn't make enough insulin or is not able to use insulin effectively, or both. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood and doesn't get absorbed by the cells​. Over a period of time, this leads to diabetes.

Now you know why doctors tell you to avoid eating all that good food, high in sugars and starch when you have diabetes! It is very difficult for your body to process.

India is the diabetic capital of the world.

Diabetes claims 1 million Indian lives every year. According to a study conducted at the National Diabetes Summit 2013, the number of diabetic patients in India is expected to reach an alarming number of 101.2 million by 2030!