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  • Word! Autoimmunity Word! Autoimmunity

    Your immune system fights infections and illnesses. But sometimes the immune system makes a mistake and attacks part of the body. This is called autoimmunity.

  • Word! Beta Cells Word! Beta Cells

    Beta cells make insulin, a hormone that controls the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood.

  • Word! Blood Glucose Level Word! Blood Glucose Level

    Blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood.

  • Word! Blood Glucose Meter Word! Blood Glucose Meter

    A blood glucose meter is a small, portable machine that's used to check how much glucose (a type of sugar) is in the blood (also known as the blood glucose level).

  • Word! Bolus Word! Bolus

    For someone with diabetes, a bolus means a single, large dose of insulin taken to handle a rise in blood glucose (a type of sugar).

  • Word! Carbohydrate Word! Carbohydrate

    Like proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the three main components of food.

  • Word! Carbohydrate Counting Word! Carbohydrate Counting

    Many people with diabetes count their carbohydrates to keep track of how much they're eating.

  • Word! Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) Word! Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs)

    Do you need someone to help you understand diabetes? Try a certified diabetes educator.

  • Word! Diabetes Mellitus Word! Diabetes Mellitus

    Diabetes mellitus is sometimes called "sugar diabetes." When someone has diabetes, his or her body doesn't use glucose properly.

  • Word! Exchange Meal Plan Word! Exchange Meal Plan

    People who have diabetes need to pay attention to what they're eating. The exchange meal plan can help them do that.

  • Word! Fats Word! Fats

    Like carbohydrates and proteins, fats are one of the three main components of the food you eat.

  • Word! Fatty Acids Word! Fatty Acids

    Like gas for a car, glucose is fuel for your cells. But if glucose isn't available, fatty acids may be used instead.

  • Word! Glucagon Word! Glucagon

    Glucagon is a hormone that raises the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood.

  • Word! Glucose Word! Glucose

    When you eat, your body turns the food into a sugar called glucose. Like gas for a car, glucose provides fuel for your cells.

  • Word! Glycemic Index Word! Glycemic Index

    The body breaks down most carbohydrates from the foods we eat and changes them to a type of sugar called glucose. The glycemic index is a way of measuring how fast this occurs and how a food affects blood glucose levels.

  • Word! Glycogen Word! Glycogen

    When the body has extra glucose, it stores it in the liver and muscles. This stored form of glucose is called glycogen.

  • Word! Glycosylated Hemoglobin Test (Hemoglobin A1c) Word! Glycosylated Hemoglobin Test (Hemoglobin A1c)

    This blood test can tell someone with diabetes if his or her diabetes is under control or out of control.

  • Word! Hormones Word! Hormones

    Hormones are special chemicals your body makes to help it do certain things - like grow up!

  • Word! Hyperglycemia Word! Hyperglycemia

    Glucose (a type of sugar) is the body's main energy source. Hyperglycemia occurs when the levels get too high.

  • Word! Hypoglycemia Word! Hypoglycemia

    Glucose (a type of sugar) is the body's main energy source. Hypoglycemia occurs when the levels get too low.

  • Word! Insulin Word! Insulin

    If someone has diabetes, he or she has trouble with a hormone called insulin.

  • Word! Insulin Injections Word! Insulin Injections

    Insulin is an important hormone that keeps your body working. If a person doesn't make enough of this substance, he or she may need to get insulin injections.

  • Word! Insulin Pump Word! Insulin Pump

    A person needs the hormone insulin so the body can function properly. If a person's body doesn't make enough insulin, one way to get it is through an insulin pump.

  • Word! Insulin Resistance Word! Insulin Resistance

    Even though the pancreas is still making insulin, the body doesn't let insulin do its job as well and it's harder for glucose to get into the cells. This is called insulin resistance.

  • Word! Islet Cells Word! Islet Cells

    The pancreas contains clusters of cells that produce hormones. These clusters are known as islets.

  • Word! Ketoacidosis Word! Ketoacidosis

    Ketoacidosis, a condition that can happen to people with diabetes, occurs when the body uses fat instead of glucose for fuel.

  • Word! Ketones Word! Ketones

    When fat is broken down, chemicals called ketones are produced.

  • Word! Kidney Word! Kidney

    The kidneys are a pair of organs that filter waste materials out of the blood.

  • Word! Nephropathy Word! Nephropathy

    Kidney disease caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy.

  • Word! Neuropathy Word! Neuropathy

    Neuropathy is the medical word for disease of the nervous system.

  • Word! Pancreas Word! Pancreas

    The pancreas is a long, flat gland in your belly.

  • Word! Pediatric Endocrinologist Word! Pediatric Endocrinologist

    This is the name for the type of doctor who deals with hormones, those special chemical substances your body produces that make things happen all over the body (especially during puberty).

  • Word! Polydipsia Word! Polydipsia

    If someone's diabetes isn't under control, he or she might be really thirsty and drink a lot of fluids. Polydipsia is the medical word for this.

  • Word! Polyphagia Word! Polyphagia

    Polyphagia is the medical word for eating very large amounts of food.

  • Word! Polyuria Word! Polyuria

    Someone who has uncontrolled diabetes may urinate (pee) a lot. Polyuria is the medial word for this.

  • Word! Retinopathy Word! Retinopathy

    Retinopathy is the medical word for disease of the retina.

  • Word! Urinalysis Word! Urinalysis

    Ever peed in a cup?

  • Diabetes Center Diabetes Center

    Diabetes means a problem with insulin, an important hormone in the body. Find out how children with diabetes can stay healthy and do the normal stuff kids like to do.

  • Handling Diabetes When You're Sick Handling Diabetes When You're Sick

    Being sick can increase or decrease your blood sugar level if you have diabetes. Find out more about dealing with sick days in this article for kids.

  • School and Diabetes School and Diabetes

    Are you on your own at school when you're dealing with diabetes? Not at all. Your teachers, coaches, school nurse - and even your friends - can help you out.

  • Sports, Exercise, and Diabetes Sports, Exercise, and Diabetes

    Like anyone else, kids with diabetes can enjoy sports. Whether you want to go for the gold or just go hiking in your hometown, your diabetes won't hold you back.

  • When Blood Sugar Is Too High When Blood Sugar Is Too High

    Too much glucose in the blood can be unhealthy. Learn more about what to do when blood sugar is too high in this article for kids.

  • When Blood Sugar Is Too Low When Blood Sugar Is Too Low

    Hypoglycemia is the medical word for low blood sugar level. It needs to be treated right away. Learn more about what to do when blood sugar is too low in this article for kids.

  • 3-Day Food Diary

    Some kids with diabetes might need to keep track of what they eat. A food diary can be helpful. Ask your parents and doctor if this should be part of your diabetes management plan.

  • Blood Glucose Record

    Some kids who have diabetes need to regularly check their blood sugar levels. This form can help you keep track of the readings. Talk with your parents and doctor to see if this should be part of your diabetes managment plan.

  • Diabetes Control: Why It's Important Diabetes Control: Why It's Important

    Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help keep you healthy and prevent health problems from happening down the road. Find out more.

  • How to Give an Insulin Injection How to Give an Insulin Injection

    Note: This step-by-step graphic is for educational purposes only. For specific guidance on giving an insulin injection, please talk with your doctor.

  • Keeping Track of Your Blood Sugar Keeping Track of Your Blood Sugar

    Checking your blood sugar levels is a really important part of managing diabetes. Knowing those levels will help you keep your blood sugar under control - and that helps you feel good and keeps you healthy.

  • Medicines for Diabetes Medicines for Diabetes

    For most kids with diabetes, taking medicine is an important part of staying healthy.

  • Can Diabetes Be Prevented? Can Diabetes Be Prevented?

    Diabetes is a health problem that affects kids of all ages, but you can't catch it like a cold. In some cases, diabetes can be prevented. Find out how.

  • Chandler's Diabetes Story Chandler's Diabetes Story

    People who have diabetes have to pay special attention to what they eat and need to stay aware of the amount of sugar in their blood. So what's it like to have diabetes? Just ask Chandler!

  • Diabetes Control: Why It's Important Diabetes Control: Why It's Important

    Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help keep you healthy and prevent health problems from happening down the road. Find out more.

  • Diabetes: Dealing With Feelings Diabetes: Dealing With Feelings

    Dealing with diabetes can stir up a lot of different emotions. Find out more about dealing with your feelings if you're a kid with diabetes.

  • Diabetes: What's True and False? Diabetes: What's True and False?

    There's a lot of info and advice out there about diabetes, but some is wrong or bad. Here's what's true - and what's false.

  • Nick Jonas & Diabetes: Call Me Mr. Positive Nick Jonas & Diabetes: Call Me Mr. Positive

    Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers talks about how he handles his superstar life and type 1 diabetes.

  • Type 1 Diabetes: How Is It Treated? Type 1 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?

    Kids who have type 1 diabetes need to take some important steps to feel good and stay healthy.

  • Type 1 Diabetes: What Is It? Type 1 Diabetes: What Is It?

    Thousands of kids all over the world have type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects how the body uses glucose.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: How Is It Treated? Type 2 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?

    Kids with type 2 diabetes have to take some important steps to feel good and stay healthy. Find out more about treating type 2 diabetes in this article for kids.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It? Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?

    Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body's main source of fuel. Find out more about a kind of diabetes called type 2 diabetes in this article for kids.

  • Weight and Diabetes Weight and Diabetes

    Being at a healthy weight is a good idea for everyone, but it's even more important for kids with diabetes.

  • Your Diabetes Health Care Team Your Diabetes Health Care Team

    When you have diabetes, you and your family have a lot to learn. The good news is that people you can count on will help you understand diabetes and how to stay healthy.

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