Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel.
Depending on what type of diabetes you have, blood sugar monitoring, insulin and oral medicines may play a role in your treatment. But no matter what type of diabetes you have, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and watching your blood sugar levels are key to managing your diabetes.
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