Diabetes Basics

Millions of people around the world live with diabetes or know someone living with diabetes. Regardless of the type of diabetes, diabetes isn’t yet a curable disease.  However, it is a very treatable disease, and no matter how frightening, annoying, and frustrating it can be, people with diabetes can live long, healthy, and happy lives. Our goal is to provide you the information, tools and resources to help make that happen.

This is the place to begin your education about diabetes.

This section of our site provides basic overviews of the major issues surrounding diabetes, with plenty of links to more in-depth information if you need it.

Take our type 2 diabetes risk test for a quick assessment of your risk.

There is no way to predict your chances of getting type 1 diabetes, but you can familiarize yourself with its symptoms.


Concerned about your health or the health of a loved one? Learn about the symptoms of diabetes.


A doctor can use three tests to determine if you have prediabetes or diabetes.

Type 2

Familiarize yourself with the risks, causes, symptoms, and treatments for this increasingly common disease.

Explore: Diabetes Basics

  • Type 1

    Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Expecting? Learn why women who have never had diabetes may be at risk during pregnancy.

  • Statistics About Diabetes

    The numbers associated with diabetes make a strong case for devoting more resources to finding a cure.

  • Myths

    Clear up some common misunderstandings about what causes diabetes, the effects of diabetes, and how diabetes can be managed.

  • Common Terms

    Become familiar with terms commonly used when discussing diabetes.

  • A Day in the Life of Diabetes by Jay Dickman

    Pulitzer prize winning photographer Jay Dickman, volunteered his time and talent to photograph three individuals that are living with diabetes to share their up close and personal daily lives.

  • Famous People Working to Stop Diabetes

    These well-known men and women have joined the Association's "Celebrity Cabinet" to help stop diabetes.