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Glucose (also known as blood sugar) is produced by the body from the foods you eat. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, takes glucose from the bloodstream and carries it to your cells where it is used for energy. This process controls the amount of sugar in your blood, keeping it from getting too low or too high.

Prediabetes is a condition in which your body becomes resistant to the effect of insulin, and the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to overcome the resistance. This causes the level of blood sugar to become higher than normal. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, and for developing type 2 diabetes.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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