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Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Types of Diabetes

Risk Factors for Diabetes

Are you at risk? Take the American Diabetes Association's Risk Test to learn more.

Signs and Symptoms
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. The following symptoms of diabetes are typical:

You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.

Staying Healthy with Diabetes


Sources: American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Dakota Department of Health Work Well Toolkit