• Diabetes is a condition where people don't produce enough insulin to meet their body's needs or their cells don't respond properly to insulin. Diabetes is diagnosed by taking a blood glucose level.

  • Diabetes is a condition of elevated blood glucose (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.

  • Being told that you or a loved one has diabetes can be overwhelming. Many people will experience anger, sadness, and denial when they find out. These are perfectly normal reactions. So what should you do when your doctor tells you that you have diabetes?

  • The success of your care depends on your daily commitment to targeted health-related activities that you have agreed to with other members of your diabetes care team.

  • For type 1 diabetes, treatment involves diet, exercise, insulin therapy, and blood sugar monitoring. Individuals being treated for type 1 diabetes try to get their blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. This is called intensive therapy. The more closely sugar levels mimic those of a person without diabetes, the lower the risk of long-term complications.

  • The four cornerstones of type 2 diabetes treatment are diet, exercise, medication, and blood sugar monitoring. The main goal of diabetes management is to maintain blood glucose levels within the normal range as much as possible. Weight control, diet, and exercise are all important components of management.

  • Gestational diabetes, or diabetes that is first diagnosed during pregnancy, can be easily managed. Learn how.

  • In type 1 diabetes, medication is started right away, since the pancreas is no longer producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes, if making the appropriate lifestyle changes doesn't bring the sugar levels close to targets, medication will be prescribed to further lower blood sugar levels.

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