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Diabetes affects many different areas of the body.

With diabetes your body does not make enough insulin.

Insulin changes blood sugar into energy.

The pancreas gland produces insulin.

Diabetes attacks the cells that make insulin.

Without enough insulin, blood sugar or glucose builds up in your blood.

This can cause a variety of major health problems.

Diabetes causes more than 200,000 deaths each year.

Your Marshfield Clinic Endocrinologist diagnoses and treats diabetes.

Along with other members of your health team, they also treat complications of diabetes.

Types of Diabetes

Types of diabetes include:

Type 1 diabetes, which means you produce little or no insulin.

People with Type 1 must take insulin daily for the rest of their lives.

Type 2 diabetes, which means you produce some insulin, but not enough.

You can control the problem with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

You may need insulin.

Gestational diabetes happens during pregnancy.

It usually goes away after delivery.

You can usually control it with diet and exercise.

More detailed information on diabetes here​.

Managing Diabetes

Managing diabetes begins with following your health care team's directions.

You can take an active part in managing diabetes:

 Prediabetes Video

What Do You Really Know About Diabetes?

Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. And millions more have diabetes but don't know it, the CDC says. Yet diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. See how much you know about this long-term disease by taking this quiz.

1. How many people with diabetes has type 2 diabetes?
2. If your diabetes isn't under control, it can harm which body part?
3. What does insulin do?
4. Which of these makes it more likely for you to get type 2 diabetes?
5. Who is more likely to get type 2 diabetes?
6. What is a possible symptom of type 2 diabetes?
7. Diabetes can only be managed with medicine.
8. How does exercise help people with diabetes?