Your body changes the food you eat into sugar and uses it for energy. Sometimes there are problems with this. These problems can lead to diabetes.
The articles and tools on this page will help individuals with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. Managing blood sugar levels is important because almost everyone with diabetes experiences low blood sugar at some point.
The article and tools on this page will help individuals lead an active life. The materials include information on the benefits of exercise as well as resources for creating goals for a more active lifestyle.
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The tools on this page will help individuals manage their diabetes by following a healthy diet.
By learning about diabetes and sharing this information with the people you support, you can play a critical role in the prevention and management of this disease.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or is unable to use insulin, a hormone secreted by special cells called beta cells in the pancreas. The body needs insulin to allow blood sugar (glucose) to enter the body’s cells and be metabolized into energy. When glucose cannot enter the body’s cells, blood glucose levels rise.
The Importance of Understanding and Following Instructions
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