Diabetes is caused by an inadequate amount of insulin in the blood. The result is that higher than normal levels of glucose start to appear and then build up in. That means that each time you eat, your body is releasing insulin into your blood from your pancreas. If your body can’t handle this insulin, it will turn into glucose, overloading your system and causing problems.
We need insulin because it allows our stomachs to turn the foods we eat into glucose, the basic sugar form of energy that our bodies need to build and repair cells. When that glucose gets into our bloodstreams, insulin is needed to help it get into the cells. Once safely inside our cells, glucose will give us the energy we need.
When you don’t have enough insulin, however, your body will have problems. How can you get that glucose into your cells? How can you get the energy you need?
It’s no wonder that many people with diabetes often feel tired or thirsty; their bodies aren’t getting the energy they need from the foods they eat. What’s more, extra glucose is usually stored in our liver to be used at a later time when the body needs it. This instinctual and critical starvation response will be seriously disrupted if your body can’t make the insulin it needs.