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What is diabetes?
"What is diabetes?" This is the basic question in diabetes education circles. In a nutshell, diabetes is a condition in which the blood glucose (or blood sugar) is too high. (The blood has to have some glucose in it because the body needs glucose for energy. But, too much glucose in the blood means something else isn't right, as this article explains. Read "What is Diabetes."
What causes diabetes?
The question, "What causes diabetes," is the object of tons of research throughout the world. But despite the research, there aren't very many real answers. What is known, especially in the case of type 1 diabetes, is that the causes are complex. This article in our diabetes education library outlines the latest research on the subject. Read "What Causes Diabetes?" Living with type 1 diabetes is a daily thing, and it can require a lot of attention. But it can be rewarding, too.