Managing Your Diabetes

What is diabetes?

If you or someone you know has diabetes, it means your body has trouble turning sugar into energy. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be managed by working with your doctor and taking good care of yourself through a healthy diet and exercise. If diabetes is not well managed, it can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, stroke, coma, and even death.

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are three different types of diabetes:

What are the signs of diabetes to watch for?

The signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:

Pregnant women often do not experience any signs of gestational diabetes and must rely on their doctor to measure the levels of sugar in their blood during pregnancy.

How do I know I am getting high quality diabetes care?

Part of living a healthy life with diabetes includes visiting your doctor regularly. Your doctor should give you screening tests to make sure your blood sugar, cholesterol, kidneys, and eyes are all okay. National standards recommend that adults ages 18-75 living with diabetes be screened at least once per year. You and your doctor should also talk about exercising regularly and eating a diet that is healthy for patients with diabetes.

What questions should I ask my doctor about diabetes?