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What is diabetes?


At its simplest diabetes is an inability to metabolise the sugars and carbohydrates in the body as a result of a lack of the hormone insulin. It affects 3-4 percent of the population in Australia and NZ. There are two forms of diabetes, known as Type I and Type II.

Type I (insulin-dependent diabetes) commonly appears in younger people (10-20 years) and Type II (non-insulin-dependent diabetes) commonly in older people.

Type II can sometimes be controlled by careful control of diet.

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