What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood.
Type 1 Diabetes
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas loses its ability to make insulin. Without insulin, the cells in the body can't get the energy they need.
Type 2 Diabetes
A person with type 2 diabetes still produces insulin. But the body doesn't respond to the insulin, so energy can't get into the cells.
Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that comes on during pregnancy.
How the Body Works
To understand diabetes, it helps to know how the body works.
Problems That Can Happen
Know what to look for when your child has diabetes.
Talking About Diabetes
Open communication can help put your child at ease.
Managing Diabetes Throughout Your Child's Life
You want your child to be healthy now and in adulthood. Find out how to help them manage their diabetes, stay active, and know what to do when they don't feel well.
Here's how to help your child manage their diabetes and stay healthy.
School, Sports, and Exercise
Kids with diabetes can do the things that other kids do. But there are a few extra things to keep in mind.
When Your Child Doesn't Feel Well
The care team is there to support you and your child, on sick days and every day.
Preparing Your Teen for Adult Health Care
Older teens should get ready to find an adult health care provider.
Find out what diabetes is, how it's treated, and what to expect.
Diabetes Care Q&A
Start by gathering your supplies. These steps and pictures can guide you.
Your child’s health depends on daily pokes and shots to keep their blood sugars in check. You can help ease your child’s worries.