Diabetes can affect any individual from any walk of life, doing so in numbers that are increasing at an alarming rate. On a global level diabetes affects approximately 380 million individuals, with international healthcare organizations warning that by 2030 the number of diabetics will more than double in size.
Currently diabetes ends more lives than AIDS and breast cancer together and represents the leading cause of strokes, kidney failure and blindness. Likewise, diabetes affects not only sufferers but places additional emotional, physical and financial stress on their care givers and families.
In the search for effective solutions to treat such debilitating disease first one must understand the nature of diabetes, and in order to do so it is essential to understand the role that insulin plays.
When we eat our bodies break down the food into sugar or glucose which in turn determines the pancreas to release insulin, a hormone that allows our cells to receive and metabolize the glucose for energy. Diabetes does not allow this natural process to occur.
While there are many forms of diabetes the most common and threatening forms of the disease are type 1 and type 2.