What are the Different Types of Diabetes?

Diabetes is an umbrella term that refers to a group of conditions marked by high levels of blood glucose. The type of diabetes a person has depends on the ability to make, or use, insulin, the gatekeeper that allows glucose to properly enter cells.

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How Well Are You Managing Your Diabetes?

The ABCs of diabetes control are A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

While there isn’t a cure for type 1 diabetes today, much headway is being made into finding a cure for diabetes. Some people with type 2 diabetes, however, have been known to reverse their disease by committing to a strict program of lifestyle measures that include weight loss, a healthy diet, and exercise.

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Living with Diabetes

If you've had diabetes for awhile, you know that the day-to-day management of your condition is critical to your health. You also know that it can be challenging. Sometimes, you may feel discouraged and wonder how you'll keep it up. The key to success is maintaining your motivation.

"It may help to think of diabetes management as a journey," says Anna Simos, M.P.H., C.D.E., a clinical diabetes education specialist. "If you have patience, you'll get better at caring for yourself. Just take it one day at a time. When you get off track, forgive yourself and keep moving forward."

Identifying your specific stumbling blocks can help you get back on track. Here are some common obstacles that you may have encountered and tips for getting beyond them.

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