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Diabetes mellitus is sometimes called "sugar diabetes." When someone has diabetes,
his or her body doesn't use glucose properly. Glucose, a sugar, is the main source
of energy for the body. Glucose levels are controlled by a hormone called insulin,
which is made in the pancreas. In diabetes, the pancreas does not make enough insulin
diabetes) or the body can't respond normally to the insulin that is made (type 2 diabetes). If diabetes is not under control - or
a person doesn't know he or she has diabetes - the person may have problems like increased
urination (peeing), extreme thirst, and unexplained weight loss.