Answers to Common Diabetes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about diabetes.

What is diabetes?

Dr. Gendler talks about what diabetes is. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly process food to use as energy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most food is turned into glucose for our bodies to use as energy, and the pancreas makes insulin to help that glucose – sugar – get into the cells of the body, according to the CDC.

Diabetes causes your body to either not make enough insulin or not be able to use its own insulin the right way, according to the CDC. This causes sugars from food and drinks to build up in the blood, which is dangerous to your health.

Health complications that can be caused by diabetes include heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations, according to the CDC.

For more information about what diabetes is, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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