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The Basic Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes is:

  • Common. At least 1 in every 12 people has diabetes.1 It is even more common for some. For example, African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.2
  • Manageable. Though there is no cure for diabetes, it is managed by keeping blood sugar (glucose) as close to normal as possible. This is done with proper meal planning, exercise, and possibly medicines (type 1 diabetes requires medication, and medication is sometimes taken for type 2 diabetes).
  • Lifelong. Your blood sugar levels should improve with treatment. However, this does not mean that your diabetes has gone away. It just means your blood sugars are being managed.
  • Self-managed. Your healthcare team will advise and support you, but how well your diabetes is managed depends on you. The choices you make help determine what your blood sugar level will be.
  • Progressive. It is common for your doctor to change your medicine or treatment plan over time, because your diabetes changes and can worsen over time.

To take the first step in your journey of learning more about diabetes conditions, treatments, and complications, click on the links below:


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