Diabetes is a disease in which:
Your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high
You get diabetes if your body’s normal way of controlling blood sugar isn’t working right.
- There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2
- People with type 1 diabetes have to take insulin shots (type 1 is sometimes called insulin-dependent diabetes)
- Some people with type 2 diabetes have to take insulin, but many can just take pills and change their diet
- Both types of diabetes can cause serious long-term problems, like heart attacks and strokes