Definition of Diabetes

Diabetes is a syndrome in which the basic defect is absence or shortage of the pancreatic hormone insulin. Diabetes runs in families, although there is no simple pattern of inheritance. It is estimated that there are over 16 million diabetics in the United States.
This deficiency disrupts the vascular system thus affecting the eyes, kidneys, legs and other extremities such as the feet. Other factors beside heredity include diet, weight and smoking.