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Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

You may have just been diagnosed with diabetes, but it is likely you have had abnormal blood glucose levels for the last 5-10 years. Insulin is produced by the beta cells in your pancreas. At the time you were diagnosed, about half of the beta cells had already stopped working. Your pancreas is making half the amount of insulin. This is why your blood sugar levels start to rise. It is not because of something you did recently. You are not to blame.


Did you know?
The word diabetes originates from the Greek word meaning "a siphon." During the 2nd-century A.D., a Greek physician named Aretaeus the Cappadocian explained that patients with diabetes had excessive urination (called polyuria) and "passed water like a siphon."

The complete term for diabetes is "diabetes mellitus." It was named by Thomas Willis, who was the personal physician to King Charles II. "Mellitus" is the Latin word for honey, which is how Willis described the urine of people with diabetes ("as if imbued with honey and sugar").