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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes happens when a person's body can't use sugar normally.

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  • Type 1 Diabetes

    In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas can't make insulin well. Without insulin, cells can't get the energy they need.

    What is it?

    Treatment

    Chandler's story

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    A person with type 2 diabetes still makes insulin, but their body doesn't respond to it normally.

    What is it?

    Treatment

  • Why Diabetes Control Is Key

    When your blood sugar levels are under control, you can help prevent problems down the road.

    Staying in control

  • Your Feelings When You Have Diabetes

    Find out what other kids have to say and get some good tips.

    Feelings

  • Great Ideas for Going to School With Diabetes

    Should you tell your teachers and friends about your diabetes? How do you take medicine at school? Read on to get some great ideas.

    School and diabetes

  • How Exercise Can Help You

    Exercise is an important part of managing diabetes and staying healthy. Find out why exercise is wise.

    Sports, exercise, and diabetes

Staying Healthy When You Have Diabetes

Learn ways to keep yourself healthy and fit.

  • Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check

    When you know your blood sugar levels, you can help take charge of your health.

    Track your blood sugar

    High blood sugar

    Low blood sugar

  • Do You Take Insulin or Other Medicines?

    Learn about insulin and other medicines that kids with diabetes often take. Find out why kids need them and how to take them safely.

    Insulin injections

    Medicines

  • Eat Smart With Diabetes

    At first it might seem like a lot, but soon you'll become an expert at reading labels, planning meals, and making good choices when eating out.

    Planning your meals and eating out

    Reading food labels

  • Why Should I Care About Carbohydrates?

    It's a little easier for people to control their diabetes if they eat about the same amount of carbs at about the same times each day. Find out how to do it.

    Carbohydrates and diabetes

    All about carbohydrates

  • Understanding Diabetes

    Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.

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