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WHAT IS DIABETES?

 

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

For more information, see the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse publication, Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

Resources for preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. 

Chronic Kidney Disease

Comprehensive strategies for promoting kidney health.

National Diabetes Education Program

Approaches to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Vision Health Initiative

Promoting vision health and quality of life for all populations.   

Host Joan Lunden and Dr. Ann Albright share critical insights about diabetes in this CBS mini-series.

Keep informed about the latest releases from CDC on Diabetes and related topics.

Are you at risk? Learn about diabetes and prediabetes.

The latest on the collection, analysis and interpretation of diabetes data.

What CDC is doing to support the prevention of diabetes.

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