Diabetes is a blood sugar (glucose) disease that occurs when your sugar is too high. Our primary source of energy is glucose and is created when we eat. The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps the consumed food convert to energy.
This disease affects an estimated 30.3 million in the United States which is about 9.4 percent of its population. Many people are not even aware they have this condition.
Other Health Problems
This disease can cause other health problems over time such as:
- Heart Disease
- Nerve damage
- Eye problems
- Kidney Disease
- Dental Issues
- Foot problems
Often, there are no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Increased hunger
- Blurred vision
- Numbness/ tingling in feet and hands
- Sores that don’t heal
- Unexplained weight loss
Types of Diabetes
Your doctor may have brought up that you have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Living with Diabetes
Managing your diabetes can help you live a long healthy life by taking care of yourself daily.
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
CDC’s NDEP website can help you find educational resources for working in health settings and communities with people who have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes across a range of racial and ethnic groups.
National Diabetes Education Resource Center (NDERC)
The NDERC database includes fact sheets, toolkits, booklets, CDs, DVDs, webinars and other materials.
Diabetes at Work
Specifically designed to address the management of diabetes in the workplace, offering free tools and strategies that help companies plan, build, implement and evaluate diabetes intervention activities.
Native Diabetes Wellness Program
Learn more about old and new stories highlighting the wisdom of traditional ways of health.