Diabetes mellitus: what it is and what to eat.
"h QUESTION 1: WHAT IS THE DISEASE?
There are two types of diabetes:
"h Type 1 - insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM)
"h Type 2 - non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)
Diabetes mellitus results from the production of insufficient amounts of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone. The role of insulin is to convert the food we eat into various useful substances, discarding everything that is wasteful. Without insulin the body cannot utilize glucose, thus creating a high level of glucose in the blood and a low level of glucose absorption by the tissues.
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