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Temporary Visitor Restrictions

Because the number of influenza cases has significantly increased throughout the region, children age 12 and under may not visit patients effective Wednesday, January 8. This applies to all Wake Forest Baptist inpatient locations and will remain in effect until the number of flu cases decreases significantly.
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Word! Diabetes Mellitus

Word! Diabetes Mellitus

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Diabetes Mellitus

(En español:Diabetes mellitus)

Say: dye-uh-be-tees meh-luh-tis

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 (type 1 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.