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Learn About Diabetes
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
type 1 diabetes
, which usually occurs in children and young adults, the body does not make insulin. Risk factors may be autoimmune, genetic, or environmental. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes (Sugar)
type 2 diabetes
, the body does not use insulin properly. There are risk factors that make it more likely that someone would get type 2 diabetes. Some racial and ethnic minorities are at higher risk. Find out your risk by taking this 7 second test.
can develop when a woman is pregnant. Having this type of diabetes is a risk factor for getting type 2 diabetes. After delivering the baby, women can take a
Diabetes Prevention Class
to reduce chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Other Types of Diabetes
Other types of diabetes can happen for other reasons. These include genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses.
Complications of diabetes
include nerve damage which can lead to amputations, kidney disease, vision loss, high blood pressure, which raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The following can help you
Have a healthy body weight
Do regular physical exercise
Go to the doctor regularly
Get your blood pressure checked at each visit
Get your blood glucose (sugar) checked twice a year
Get your cholesterol checked at least once a year
Get your kidney function checked at least once a year
Get an eye exam at least once a year
Get your feet checked for sores at each doctor visit
Maintain healthy blood glucose levels
Get a flu shot
Go to the doctor when you are sick
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Find a class
to learn ways meet health related goals and day-to-day management of diabetes.
Paying for Diabetes Care
Financial Resource Information for Diabetes Care
or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or 1-877-486-2048 for TTY users.
Maryland Medical Assistance Information
Maryland Health Connection
Medicare Coverage for Diabetes Supplies and Services
Medicare Preventive Services Information for Diabetes Care
Maryland Access Point
(for seniors and adults with disabilities)
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
If you can’t afford diabetes medications, tell your doctor right away. He or she should be able to help you find diabetes medication and supplies that you can afford.
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