What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.  If you have diabetes, it means your body does not make enough (or any) insulin or your body does not use insulin well. Insulin helps change glucose into energy to keep you alive.  Without proper levels of insulin glucose cannot reach your cells and instead stays in your blood stream.

There are different kinds of diabetes. The main ones are type 1 and type 2. 

Learn more about the different types of diabetes here

Managing Diabetes

The goal of managing your diabetes is to keep your glucose levels near normal. This can be done by incorporating the following steps:

  • daily glucose testing
  • taking your medications as prescribed
  • eating balanced meals
  • getting regular exercise 

Every individual has unique needs. Work with your doctor and diabetes educator to develop a plan and monitor your progress.  Good management of diabetes can lead to a long and healthy life!

Your Rights

People living with diabetes are entitled to certain accommodations through the American Disabilities Act.  Learn more about those rights here.

Diabetes Care

Managing your diabetes can feel like a full-time job. It’s important to follow a regular care schedule to maintain good health while living with diabetes. 

There are several screenings that a person with diabetes should have done on a regular basis.  The CDC has developed a Diabetes Care Schedule that outlines these screenings:  Your Diabetes Care Schedule | Diabetes | CDC

13 Tips for Managing Diabetes


Three screenings that are of high importance for all people living with diabetes include:

Talk to your doctor to set up a care schedule that meets your needs and then stick to it!