Diabetes Basics

Diabetes Basics

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.

Diabetes Symptoms

Symptoms

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

Diagnosing Diabetes

Diagnosis

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

Type 2 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

    UPDATED JUNE 10, 2014! 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.