Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar
in the blood.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin. Without insulin, the cells in the body can't get the energy they need.
What is it?
How is it treated?
A person with type 2 diabetes still produces insulin. But the body doesn't respond to the insulin, so energy can't get into the cells.
Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that comes on during pregnancy.
What is gestational diabetes?
Prenatal test: glucose screening
To understand diabetes, it helps to know how the body works.
Know what to look for when your child has diabetes.
Open communication can help put your child at ease.
Talking to your child
Empowering your teen
Dealing with feelings
You want your child to be healthy now and in adulthood. Find out how to help them
manage their diabetes, stay active, and know what to do when they don't feel well.
Here's how to help your child manage their diabetes and stay healthy.
Kids with diabetes can do the things that other kids do. But there are a few extra things to keep in mind.
The care team is there to support you and your child, on sick days and every day.
The health care team
When to call the doctor
Older teens should get ready to find an adult health care provider.
Helping teens switch
Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.
Keeping Track of Blood Sugar
Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented.
Being overweight can lead to health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
Help your child