If you have diabetes, you are not alone. Millions of people today have diabetes. Diabetes cannot yet be cured, but it can be managed. It is possible to lead a full and active life with diabetes. The first step is learning how to take care of yourself.
When you have diabetes, there are 2 parts to learning how to take care of yourself. The first part is to get information about diabetes so you can make good choices. The second part is to develop the skills to put your diabetes information to use in your daily life.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (sugar) level in the blood is too high. It develops when your body can not make enough of a hormone called insulin or cannot use the insulin your body produces.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body makes little to no insulin. Treatment involves daily insulin injections, in conjunction with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It can be treated with a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise, tablets and/or insulin injections.
New treatment plans for diabetes today have certain things in common that apply to both main types of diabetes.