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November 2008, Volume 38 Number 11 , p 31 - 32


  • Barbara Ann Gattullo RN, ANP-BC, CDE, MS
  • Maryann Edelman RN, CNS, MS


Gattullo, Barbara Ann RN, ANP-BC, CDE, MS; Edelman, Maryann RN, CNS, MS

Issue: Volume 38(11), November 2008, p 31–32 Publication Type: [PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Assistant Professors • Department of Nursing Kingsborough Community College • Brooklyn, N.Y. This patient-education guide has been adapted for the 5th-grade level using the Flesch-Kincaid and SMOG formulas. It may be photocopied for clinical use or adapted to meet your facility's requirements. Selected references are available upon request. Special thanks to Tracy Kane, CHES, MEd, community health educator, Capital Health System, Trenton, N.J. What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Most of the food you eat changes into glucose, or sugar, for your body to use as energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin, which helps sugar get into the body's cells. The cells use sugar for energy.

When you have diabetes, ...

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