Diabetes Basics

Diabetes is a health problem that can happen to people of all ages. Your body turns foods with carbohydrates such as bread, rice, pasta and milk, into sugar (glucose) for energy. Having diabetes means your body cannot use all the sugar you get from carbohydrates. This is because your body can’t make insulin or doesn’t use the insulin very well. 

Insulin is needed to help sugar go into your body. When sugar can’t get into your body normally, your blood sugar level gets too high. Too much sugar in your blood can make you very sick if you don’t try to treat it. 

The information here will help you understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, some common symptoms to watch out for, fun quizzes to help you learn along the way, and more.