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Diabetes, a life long disease for which there is not yet a cure, is caused by reduced production of insulin, or by decreased ability to use insulin. Insulin, the hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas, allows blood sugar (glucose) cells to be able to use blood sugar. This hormone is necessary for glucose to go from the blood to the inside of the body cells. With inadequate insulin, glucose builds up in …

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…disease will continue to infect the world. Diabetes Mellitus affects up to 5% of the population in the United States, almost 14 million people. One in twenty Americans have diabetes. One half of these people do not even know that they have it. One in every five people born today will develop it. (Hirsch 26) Even though technological research is constantly presenting new hope, the number of people with diabetes is expected to rise still in the future.