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Eating releases sugar from food into your bloodstream. Insulin is released by the pancreas and moves the sugar into your cells where it is used for energy. Diabetes occurs when your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't properly use the insulin that it makes. This results in too much sugar in your bloodstream.

Diabetes is a disorder characterized by hyperglycemia or elevated blood glucose (blood sugar). Our bodies function best at a certain level of sugar in the bloodstream. If the amount of sugar in our blood runs too high or too low, then we typically feel bad. Diabetes is the name of the condition where the blood sugar level consistently runs too high. Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder. African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans have a higher rate of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Diabetes has potential long-term complications that can affect the kidneys, eyes, heart, blood vessels and nerves.

More than 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes. However, many of them are not aware of their condition. Of, if they are, they do not take proper care of themselves. Find out more about diabetes by clicking on the topics below.

  Is There More Than One Type of Diabetes?  

  What are the Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes?  

  What are the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes?  

  Women - Diabetes - Men  

  Blood Sugar Testing  

  About Insulin  

  Living With Diabetes  

  Controlling Your Diabetes  

  The Benefits of Exercise  

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