Skip main navigation

Diabetes: the basics

Explaining diabetes
So what exactly is diabetes? and what is insulin’s relationship to it?

Insulin as the 'key' being inserted into an imagined slot in a cell.

To find out how diabetes develops, the ways it affects the body and how insulin is the key to allowing glucose use by the cells of the body, watch this video ‘What is diabetes?’ (2min 22s) created by Diabetes UK.

There are links relating to general resources about diabetes available from ‘See also’ at the bottom of this page.

© University of Southampton
This article is from the free online

Understanding Insulin

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now