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.
- Prediabetes: Find out if you have prediabetes and steps early treatment options to improve your health.
- A1C Blood Test: A1C can help identify prediabetes which raises your risk for diabetes, and can also be used to diagnose diabetes or to monitor how well your diabetes treatment is working.