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Living with diabetes

What is diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is our body’s main source of energy and comes from the carbohydrate foods we eat. Carbohydrates break down to glucose when it has been digested. After digestion, the glucose enters the blood stream. Diabetes develops when the body does not make insulin or when the insulin that it makes is not working properly, or a combination of both. This results in increased blood glucose levels and diabetes. To find out about the types of diabetes, please go to our Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes pages.

Living with diabetes

These pages, Living with diabetes, have some basic information about diabetes and how to manage it. Links to other websites and resource have also been included, but we recommend that you discuss your self management with your doctor and a health care professional that has specialist experience and expertise in diabetes. To find out more about managing diabetes, please visit our Managing diabetes pages.

Learning about diabetes

People with diabetes bear the burden of their condition and the responsibility for daily self management. Learning as much as possible about your condition will help you make informed decisions about how to look after your diabetes. It will help you know what to do, when to do it and when you should consider changing what you do or seek assistance from a diabetes health care professional. The more information you have, the easier it is to stay in charge and stay healthy. To find out more, please visit our Diabetes education page.