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Diabetes means that blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. There are two main types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes – the body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.

Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes – may occur when a woman is pregnant. Gestational diabetes raises her risk of getting another type of diabetes, mostly type 2, for the rest of her life. It also raises her child's risk of being overweight and getting diabetes.

Diabetes Fact SheetPDF

Diabetes is serious and must be carefully managed. All people with diabetes need to make healthy food choices, stay at a healthy weight and be physically active every day./p>

Diabetes causes:

Normal blood glucose (blood sugar) means a person will:

  • have more energy
  • be less tired and thirsty and urinate less often
  • heal better and have fewer skin or bladder infections
  • have fewer problems with eyesight, feet, and gums