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788 Diabetes

Mike talks about diabetes, what it is, how he got it, and how he deals with it.

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You are diabetic.

If you are a 'diabetic,' you have a medical condition where your body does not produce its own insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body metabolize glucose and other nutrients.

Notice the following:

  1. Some people who have a bad diet can end up being diabetic when they are older.
  2. She has to watch what she eats, as she is a diabetic.

it converts it into energy

The sugar you take into your body - it converts it into energy.

It 'converts it into energy' refers to the way in which the body will change the sugars that it gets through foods and use them to power the body's major functions.

Notice the following:

  1. We eat food and then the body coverts the foods into energy.
  2. The more food you eat the fatter you will get, as the body will not convert it all into energy.

it can't get rid of it

Your body just collects all this sugar and it can't get rid of it.

'It can't get rid of it' refers to the way in which the body cannot dispose of the all the sugar.

Notice the following:

  1. You should not eat too much sugar, because if you don't do enough exercise, then the body can't get rid of it, and you will end up putting on weight.
  2. I am worried that your body will just not be able to get rid of all the sugar, and this will have detrimental effects.

they're not sure why

They're not sure why you get diabetes.

'They're not sure why' means that people are not certain about the reason for something.

Notice the following:

  1. They're not sure why there is so much traffic on the roads today.
  2. I have put on a lot of weight, but they're not sure why.

partly genetic

It's probably partly genetic, so I think if you have it in your family there's a chance you can have it yourself.

When something is 'partly genetic,' it means that it could be partly hereditary or your parents may have given you the disease.

Notice the following:

  1. Your weight is partly genetic I think.
  2. Do you think that your personality is partly genetic?



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