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For those who do not know, I am – and have been since I was 10 years old – a type 1 insulin dependent diabetic.

Diabetes – very simply described – occurs when glucose in the blood becomes too high, as a result of the diabetic’s cells not consuming the glucose (for energy) at an adequate rate of speed. To consume glucose (remove it from the blood and use it for energy), cells need insulin. In essence, insulin is the key used to unlock the cell, which in turn allows the glucose to leave the blood, enter the cell, and be consumed for energy.

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