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Definition
Diabetes is a disease that causes an abnormally high level of sugar, or glucose, to build up in the blood. Type 1 diabetes -- previously labeled insulin-dependent, or juvenile, diabetes -- is caused by the destruction of cells in the pancreas (an organ located just behind the stomach) that produce the hormone insulin.


MEDICAL REVIEW: Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD, June 2004

SOURCE DOCUMENTATION: ACP Medicine, May 2004.

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