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You or a loved one might already be living with diabetes, just like nearly 26 million Americans. Or maybe there was a recent diagnosis of diabetes.  Perhaps you have diabetes but do not know it, as is the case for 7 million adults.  Or you may be one of nearly 79 million adults aged 20 years or older who are considered pre-diabetic. 

At any rate, it is important that you know the facts about how you can prevent this lifelong and serious - but manageable - medical condition.


Types of Diabetes

There are several forms of Diabetes.  Diabetes is caused as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin. In some cases, the pancreas does not produce any insulin at all.

Type 1 Diabetes.  Individuals with Type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that is not producing any insulin. They will have to receive insulin for the rest of their lives.  5-10% of cases of diabetes are Type 1. 

Type 2 Diabetes.   (More)

Understanding Diabetes

  • Avoiding Diabetes
  • Diabetes Made Simple Overview
  • Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (National Diabetes Education Program)
  • Diabetes and African Americans
  • Kids & Diabetes - from ideastream and NetWellness
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Quality Diabetes Care and You
  • Diabetes & Physical Activitiy: Good Medicine!
  • Diabetes and Heart Disease
  • Diabetes and the Body: Pancreatic Function
  • (More)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


  • Q&As About Children and Diabetes
  • Q&As About Diabetes Complications
  • Q&As About Diabetes Medications
  • Q&As About Diabetes Tests and Results
  • Q&As About Managing Diabetes
  • Q&As About Preventing Diabetes
  • Q&As About Symptoms of Diabetes
  • Developing Diabetes
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions

  • Additional Information

  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
  • The Body
  • Research Studies
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    NetWellness Expert Bette K Idemoto

    Bette K Idemoto, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
    Case Western Reserve University


    Last Updated: Apr 14, 2016