Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.
Not sure what that means? Well, the American Diabetes Association provides helpful and easy to understand basic information on Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes. Common terms are discussed, as well as dispelling diabetes myths. More in-depth information on a variety of topics and issues are also available, like statistics, understanding symptoms, and tips.
Understanding prevention is a large focus of the website including links to Living with Diabetes, and Food & Fitness guidance.
Key features of the website include tools to help you personally:
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Are you at risk for diabetes? Take the test to find out your risk, or pass it on to someone you love! It's Fast. It's Free. It's Easy.
- My Health Advisor. A powerful tool to quickly calculate your risk for several health problems (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Once your personal risk is calculated, you will easily see the difference simple lifestyle changes can make in your overall risk. You will also receive a personal action plan outlining suggestions to assist you in lowering your risk for these deadly diseases.
CheckUp America. A program helping people lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Information is provided on a variety of health topics.