A diagnosis is just the start

Learn about diabetes on every level, from types to risks.

About diabetes

There are four different types of diabetes, but they all have one thing in common: high blood sugar due to the body’s inability to produce enough (or any) insulin. This can lead to a number of complications that can have long term effects on everything from a person’s vision to their kidneys.1

Get to know the 4 types

From gestational diabetes to prediabetes, and types 1 and 2, learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for the four types of diabetes.

Prediabetes

People with prediabetes can often prevent progression to diabetes by changing their eating habits and getting exercise.1

84.1M

Americans age 18 and over have prediabetes.2

Type 1

The immune system prevents the pancreas from from making insulin. Usually shows up in children and young adults.

5-10%

of people with diabetes have type 1.3

Type 2

The pancreas does not make enough insulin for the body to use — causing high levels of sugar in the blood.

90-95%

of people with diabetes have type 2.4

Gestational

Type of diabetes that happens in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. Usually goes away after the baby is born.5

2-10%

of pregnant women will get gestational diabetes.6

Hyper vs. hypo

These medical terms are used by healthcare professionals to describe a person’s condition depending on their blood sugar level. Blood sugar is measured by drawing blood. A doctor may perform different tests to diagnose a patient. It usually takes more than one test to determine if a person has diabetes.7

Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia means high bood sugar. "Hyper" means high or above, "gly" means sugar or glucose, and "emia" means blood condition.

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. “Hypo” means below or under, “glyc” means sugar or glucose, and “emia” means blood condition.

Complications

From gestational diabetes to prediabetes, and types 1 and 2, learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for the four types of diabetes.1

Click on the interactive areas to learn about possible complications.

Understanding in action

When you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes, there’s so much to learn about your condition. So we’ve created these eLearning videos to help explain the different elements in a simple, visual way.

What is diabetes? The role of insulin
Different types of diabetes

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