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. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.
The following brochures were created through a joint effect between National Diabetes Education Program/National Institute of Health/Center for Disease Control.
Know the numbers
National Diabetes Education Program - Facts
National Diabetes Education Program - Tip Sheets
Four Steps to Control Diabetes
Take Care of your Heart, Manage your Diabetes
Guide to Diabetes
National Diabetes Education Program
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
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