What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes happens when the body can't use glucose normally. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the food we eat. It's the main source of energy for all the body's cells. Diabetes treatments help glucose get into the body's cells so a person can feel better again.
Type 1 Diabetes
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin. Without insulin, cells can't get the energy they need.
Type 2 Diabetes
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.
Your Feelings When You Have Diabetes
Just like anyone with a health condition, it's natural to have lots of different emotions when living with diabetes.
Everyday Stuff, Like School and Exercise
How do you handle going to school with diabetes? And, how important is exercise? Read on to get some great ideas.
Getting Blood and Urine Tests
People with diabetes get blood and urine tests regularly. Check out these short videos to see how the tests are done.
Staying Healthy When You Have Diabetes
There are so many good things you can do to stay healthy.
Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check
When you know your blood sugar levels, you can help take charge of your health.
Do You Take Insulin or Other Medicines?
Learn about insulin and other medicines that people with diabetes often take. Find out why people need them and how to take them safely.
Eat Smart With Diabetes
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
Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.
Take an Active Role in Your Health Care
Diabetes Care Q&A
A treatment is something that health care experts do to control a patient's health problem, lessen its symptoms, or clear it up. For example, insulin for type 1 diabetes is a treatment that helps people live normal lives. A cure is when a treatment makes a health problem go away and it's not expected to come back.
The best thing you can do is be yourself and enjoy a normal friendship. Since diabetes is a part of who your friend is, you'll probably find you both talk about it at times. You'll want to be there to offer support when your friend needs you, and there are some helpful things you can do to look out for your friend. But it's just as important to share other experiences together.