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Welcome to EPG Patient Direct…
healthcare portal for patients and the general public in Europe

Here you will find a valuable and trustworthy source of information concerning all aspects of health together with tools for managing your health, help in understanding your options and support in making the best lifestyle and treatment choices.

Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, chapatis, yams and plantain, from sugar and other sweet foods, and from the liver which makes glucose. Insulin is vital for life. It is a hormone produced by the pancreas, that helps the glucose to enter the cells where it is used as fuel by the body.

Last Updated 17-08-2007