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About Diabetes and Pre-diabetes


Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 57 million people over age 20 have pre-diabetes. Whether you just found out you have diabetes or have been dealing with it for years, you can control your diabetes and live a long, active life. If you are at risk or have pre-diabetes, you can take small steps to prevent the disease.


What Is Diabetes?

If you just found out you have diabetes or want to know more about the disease, this section will help answer your questions. Learn more about the different types of diabetes, including their causes, risk factors, symptoms, and complications.

Diabetes Overview Fact Sheets

Diabetes Control

Diabetes is a serious disease, but it is controllable. Learn more about the disease, treatments, monitoring the ABCs of diabetes, and preventing severe complications.

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Learn more about the risks for developing type 2 diabetes and the "small steps" you can take to delay or prevent the disease before it starts.

Resources on Children and Adolescents

Children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their caregivers face special challenges. Take advantage of all of the NDEP's resources to equip children with diabetes, their caregivers, and school personnel with the tools they need to succeed.

More Diabetes Resources

Get more information and resources about diabetes control and prevention.

Diabetes Organizations

Diabetes may be difficult to manage, but you don't have to do it alone. Learn about organizations in your community that can help.