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People with Diabetes
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a long-lasting health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. When your blood sugar goes up, such as when you eat certain foods, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or it isn't using the insulin as well as it should. Overtime, when too much sugar stays in your blood, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease.
- Video: What is Diabetes?
- Learn how diabetes is diagnosed
- Types and Who is at Risk: There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
- Low Blood Sugar (English and Spanish)
- High Blood Sugar (pdf)
Talking to Your Doctor and Diabetes Educator
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- Video: What is a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?
- Find your closest Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
- Find glucose meters, insulin pumps, or medications to fit your lifestyle and diabetes self-management plan. Review the Consumer Guide and discuss with your doctor.
- Emergency/sick day plan
- Your Diabetes Care Schedule
- Managing Diabetes: Five Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Team (pdf)
Keep Healthy with Diabetes
Emotional Well-Being with Diabetes
Preparing for Disasters and Emergencies
Food and Medication Help