Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar
in the blood.
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?
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.
Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that comes on during pregnancy.
What is gestational diabetes?
Pre-natal test: glucose screening
If you want to understand diabetes, it helps to know how the body works.
Know what to look for when your child has diabetes.
Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Open communication can help put your child at ease.
Talking to your child
Giving your teen a voice
Dealing with feelings
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.
There are things you can do to can help your child control their diabetes and stay healthy.
Weight and diabetes
Kids with diabetes can do things that kids without diabetes can do. There are a few extra things to keep in mind.
Sports and Exercise
Your care team will support you and your child whether your child feels well or not.
Your health care team
When to call the doctor
As your teen gets older they'll need to switch to an adult health care provider.
Switching to adult care
Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.
Testing Blood Sugar
Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented.
Being overweight can lead to health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
Help your child
Autoimmune diseases are more common in people with type 1 diabetes.
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