What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the usual way to get blood glucose into the cell doesn't work. There may not be enough insulin, or none at all. This means the glucose in your blood is higher than it should be. You can't feel it, but it can damage other parts of you if the blood glucose stays high for too long.

Because the high blood glucose can damage your eyes and your kidneys and your heart, you have to work to have a target blood glucose level. 

You'll have to eat a certain way and maybe keep track of what you eat. You might have to take medications by mouth or insulin as a shot or in a pump. Healthy activity helps you keep your blood glucose where it should be. 

Diabetes isn't something that will go away. It isn't like a cold or the flu. Lots of people will help you manage your diabetes, but a lot will depend on you. This site hopes to provide some information and tips to help you manage.



Teen talking to doctor about symptoms