The body is an interdependent network. When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body does not use this hormone efficiently, the body's cells starve for energy. Learn more about diabetes.
Many people have diabetes and do not even know it. Even if it's not diagnosed, diabetes can be causing damage to the body. Diabetes can only be diagnosed by a health care provider, so see your doctor regularly.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a critical part of preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes and, for those already diagnosed with the disease, keeping it under control. In some cases, medications may be part of the treatment plan.
Family history, race/ethnicity, and age can increase your risk for diabetes, but are beyond your control. Eliminate modifiable risks like being overweight/obese or physically inactive to improve your odds against the disease.
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This content was last reviewed August 2015.
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