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The Science Inside Diabetes

This booklet summarizes what health professionals know about type 2 diabetes — what it is, who is at risk for it, how it can be prevented, and how it is treated. It describes how researchers study the disease and what individuals can do to help reduce the rising number of diabetes cases now affecting millions of children and adults around the country.


The Science Inside: Diabetes
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Additional resources on diabetes are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

Ten Facts about African Americans
American Kidney Fund
Provides information about diabetes and kidney disease. Aimed at African American community.

Be Smart About Your Heart. Control the ABCs of Diabetes: A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol
National Diabetes Education Program. National Institutes of Health.
Explains the link between diabetes and heart disease and encourages people with diabetes to take action to control the ABCs of diabetes: A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Control Your Diabetes for Life
National Diabetes Education Project.
Tips for feeling better and staying healthy.

Diabetes and Pneumonia: Get the Facts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Details the importance of getting a yearly pneumonia shot if you are diabetic.

Diabetes in African Americans
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Discusses particular risks of diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses to the African American community.

Diabetes in Hispanic Americans
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Discusses particular risks of diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses to the Latino community.

Frequently Asked Questions about Diabetes: Overview
National Women’s Health Information Center
Provides general information about diabetes. Particularly targeted to women.

If You Have Diabetes, a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Details the importance of getting a yearly flu shot if you are diabetic.

Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers
National Diabetes Education Project.
Talks readers through the types of blood sugar tests and how to control blood sugar numbers.

Medicines for People with Diabetes
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
A general overview of the types of diabetes and information on the appropriate medications for Type I and Type II diabetes.

Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Eyes Healthy
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Describes eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy, that are a complication of diabetes.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take Charge of Your Diabetes. 3rd edition. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002.
A patient guide for adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Provides tips about physical symptoms, emotional well-being, potential related problems, and glucose testing as well as a record-keeping area and a glossary.

What I Need to Know about Eating and Diabetes
National Diabetes Education Project.
Reviews diabetes nutrition basics, including what, when, and how much a person with diabetes should eat.
Your Game Plan for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
National Diabetes Education Program. National Institutes of Health.
Provides patients with information about their risk for developing diabetes and how to implement a program to prevent or delay the onset of the disease, including how to set goals, track their progress, implement a walking program, find additional resources, and monitor and record their food and drink intake and physical activity with the use of a tracker and fat and calorie counter.

Recursos En Español

Controle su Diabetes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take Charge of Your Diabetes. 3rd edition. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002.
A patient guide for adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Provides tips about physical symptoms, emotional well-being, potential related problems, and glucose testing as well as a record-keeping area and a glossary.

¿Corro el riesgo de que me dé diabetes tipo 2?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Helps people determine if they’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Lo que debe saber sobre la diabetes y la pulmonia
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Details the importance of getting a yearly pneumonia shot if you are diabetic.

Medicamentos Para Personas con Diabetes
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
A general overview of the types of diabetes and information on the appropriate medications for Type I and Type II diabetes.

El poder de controlar la diabetes está en sus manos
National Diabetes Education Program. National Institutes of Health.
Provides information for Medicare beneficiaries who have diabetes. The brochure focuses on the importance of self-monitoring blood glucose levels and explains the Medicare benefits that help pay for diabetes equipment and supplies.

Si Tiene Diabetes, Cuide Su Corazon
National Diabetes Education Program. National Institutes of Health.
Bilingual: English and Spanish. Explains the link between diabetes and heart disease and encourages people with diabetes to take action to control the ABCs of diabetes: A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Si tiene diabetes, una vacuna contra la gripe le puede salvar la vida
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Details the importance of getting a yearly flu shot if you are diabetic.

Tengo Diabetes: ¿Quánto Debo Comer?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Helps readers figure out how to create a nutritious meal plan.

Tengo Diabetes: ¿Qué Debo Comer?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health.
Helps readers figure out how to create a nutritious meal plan.

4Pasos para controlar la diabetes de por vida.
National Diabetes Education Program. National Institutes of Health.
Provides an action plan for diabetes control that includes tips on knowing blood glucose levels, reaching blood glucose goals, and maintaining blood glucose control.