The Facts about Diabetes
What is diabetes? Diabetes means your body either cannot make or properly use insulin. Insulin is the hormone your body uses to break down sugar and fat. When the body can't break down sugar and fat, serious problems can result.
There are two types of diabetes.
- Type 1, which happens mostly in children and young adults, is when the body does not produce insulin
- Type 2, the most common type, is when the body cannot properly use the insulin it produces
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How does this diabetes affect your body? What can you do to control it? Learn more.
The odds of developing type 2 diabetes are determined partly by genes and partly by lifestyle. Making some simple healthy choices now may help prevent the disease, even if you already have prediabetes. Learn more.
If you have been living with diabetes, you may feel you need help to control it. Be sure to work with your doctor or nurse to come up with a self-care plan to help prevent some of these problems. Learn more.
If you are diabetic, it's vital to learn about possible complications so you can try to prevent them. But even if problems do arise, prompt care can help prevent things from getting worse. Learn more
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