Glucose is a sugar which provides the main source of energy in the body. When you eat, glucose from the food goes into your blood.

A gland in your stomach, called the pancreas makes a hormone (a chemical in your body) called insulin which then helps the glucose be absorbed into the cells in your body to produce energy to move.   

  However, diabetes occurs when the body is not making enough insulin or the cells are not using it. This leads to a large amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This is called type 2 diabetes. Over a long period of time, this could damage the body such as through the eyes, nerves, kidney or the heart. Older adults have a higher chance of getting this because their metabolism slows down.

1. Needing to pee very often

2. Being extremely tired

3. Often very hungry or thirsty

4. Blurry vision

what you can do to help

1. Make sure the person eats healthily which could mean smaller, well-balanced portions of food with less salt and fat.

2. Exercise regularly

3. If the person has diabetes, check their blood sugar levels several times a day, especially before and after they eat.