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November is American Diabetes Month, a time when we honor the over 34 million Americans who have type 1 or type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body processes food and turns it into energy. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy.” Diabetes affects your body’s ability to create and use insulin.

If you have type 1 diabetes, your body cannot produce insulin and you must take it every day to survive, which can be debilitatingly expensive in the United States. If you have type 2 diabetes — the most common type —  your body does not produce insulin well.

There is currently no cure for diabetes. However, according to the CDC, eating healthy and exercising can help. 

We have a lot of great diabetes-related resources available at the library. Stop by and check one out, or place a hold on any of these titles by following the corresponding link!

¡También tenemos muchos libros y DVD en español sobre diabetes! Ven a la biblioteca para sacar uno o hacer una reserva siguiendo estos enlaces!

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