According to the CDC, diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy after you eat. Most of what you eat is broken down into sugar or “glucose” and then released into your bloodstream, elevating your blood sugar. When that happens, it signals your pancreas to release insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.
When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t properly use the insulin it makes, and the result is that too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. A simple blood test will let you know if you have diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Nearly everyone (90–95%) with diabetes has type 2. It develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adulthood. You may not notice any symptoms, so it’s important to get your blood sugar tested if you are at risk. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active. Take this online test to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.