• Diabetes is a condition of elevated blood sugars where the body does not produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs or the body does not respond properly to the insulin being made. Insulin is important because it moves glucose (or sugar) into the body's cells from the blood. It also has a number of other effects on metabolism.

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Type 2 diabetes is mainly caused by insulin resistance.

  • At this time, researchers do not yet know how to prevent type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. If you have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise are two ways you can get started today.

  • Learn about the risk factors for diabetes.

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