What is diabetes?

What Is Diabetes?Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high blood glucose levels resulting from the body's inability to use or produce insulin.

Common symptoms include excessive urination, increased thirst and/or hunger, blurred vision, fatigue, weight loss, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, and tingling or numbness in the hands and feet.

There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes (diagnosed in children and young adults)
  • Type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes, usually diagnosed in adults)
  • Gestational diabetes (occurs during pregnancy)

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing a proper diet with exercise and your prescribed medications can help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.