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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood.

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  • Type 1 Diabetes

    In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin. Without insulin, the cells in the body can't get the energy they need.

    What is it?

    Treatment

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    A person with type 2 diabetes still produces insulin. But the body doesn't respond to the insulin, so energy can't get into the cells.

    What is it?

    Treatment

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that comes on during pregnancy. 

    What is gestational diabetes?

    Pre-natal test: glucose screening

Controlling Diabetes Throughout Your Child's Life

You want your child to be healthy into adulthood. Find out how to help them manage their diabetes, talk about it, and know what to do when they don't feel well.

  • Staying Healthy

    There are things you can do to can help your child control their diabetes and stay healthy.

    Controlling diabetes

    Medicines

    Weight and diabetes

  • School, Sports, and Exercise

    Kids with diabetes can do things that kids without diabetes can do. There are a few extra things to keep in mind.

    School

    Sports and Exercise

  • When Your Child Doesn't Feel Well

    Your care team will support you and your child whether your child feels well or not.

    Your health care team

    Sick days

    When to call the doctor

  • Preparing to Move Your Teen to Adult Care

    As your teen gets older they'll need to switch to an adult health care provider.

    Switching to adult care

Diabetes Care Q&A

Diet & Nutrition