Diabetes happens when a person can't use glucose normally.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin. Without insulin, cells can't get the energy they need.
What is it?
A person with type 2 diabetes still makes insulin, but their body doesn't respond to it normally.
Here's a quick overview about diabetes.
Problems from diabetes
Just like anyone with a health condition, it's natural to have lots of different emotions when living with diabetes.
How do you handle going to school with diabetes? And, how important is exercise? Read on to get some great ideas.
School & diabetes
Sports, exercise & diabetes
People with diabetes get blood and urine tests regularly. Check out these short videos to see how the tests are done.
Blood test video
Urine test video
There are so many good things you can do to stay healthy.
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
Learn about insulin and other medicines that people with diabetes often take. Find out why people need them and how to take them safely.
Find out how to plan meals, cook healthy recipes, and eat out wisely. You'll gain the knowledge and power to make healthy choices.
Planning your meals
Carbohydrates and diabetes
Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.
Your Diabetes Care Team
When to Call the Doctor
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Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented.
Your understanding and acceptance are very important.
Managing your weight can make a big difference in keeping your diabetes under control.