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Diabetes Center

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood.

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  • Type 1 Diabetes

    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?


  • Type 2 Diabetes

    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.

    What is it?


  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that comes on during pregnancy. 

    What is gestational diabetes?

    Pre-natal test: glucose screening

Controlling Diabetes Throughout Your Child's Life

You want your child to be healthy into adulthood. Find out how to help them manage their diabetes, talk about it, and know what to do when they don't feel well.

Staying Healthy

There are things you can do to can help your child control their diabetes and stay healthy.

Controlling diabetes


Weight and diabetes

School, Sports, and Exercise

Kids with diabetes can do things that kids without diabetes can do. There are a few extra things to keep in mind.


Sports and Exercise

When Your Child Doesn't Feel Well

Your care team will support you and your child whether your child feels well or not.

Your health care team

Sick days

When to call the doctor

Preparing to Move Your Teen to Adult Care

As your teen gets older they'll need to switch to an adult health care provider.

Switching to adult care

Understanding Diabetes

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

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Diabetes Care Q&A

Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented.

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Being overweight can lead to health problems, including type 2 diabetes. 

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Autoimmune diseases are more common in people with type 1 diabetes. 

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Diet & Nutrition