What Is Diabetes?
A Careful Blood Sugar Balancing Act
A Careful Blood Sugar Balancing Act

By Margot Hedlin 

Diabetes is a sobering diagnosis. Diabetes causes problems with your blood sugar, which, over time, can harm your organs and raise your risk of developing heart disease and other problems. But today, people with diabetes have more power to control their condition than ever before. If you’re at risk for diabetes, healthy lifestyle choices can delay or prevent a diagnosis. If you have diabetes, there are many management strategies that can help you live a long, healthy life and minimize your chance of developing complications.

Read on to learn more about diabetes, ways to avoid it and how to regain control of your health.


Margot Hedlin is a science and health writer living in San Francisco.

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