Introduction to Diabetes

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Hyposecretion or inadequate use of insulin may result in diabetes mellitus (DM). Hypersecretion of insulin may result in hyperinsulinism. Diabetes mellitus is the most common endocrine system disorder of childhood. Symptoms include: Polyuria Polydipsia Polyphagia Management of DM during childhood is very difficult because diet, exercise, and medication have to be adjusted and regulated according to growth and development stages. With aging, the number of tissue receptors decreases, thus diminishing the body's response to hormones. Older adults who develop Type 2 diabetes mellitus produce sufficient insulin, but because cell receptors are modified and/or reduced, glucose does not enter the cells.

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