Types of Diabetes

Understanding Your Diabetes

There are three major types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Which type do you have?

It is important to understand what diabetes is, which type you have and how to manage it. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure. 

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Usually diagnosed in children and young adults but can happen at any age 
  • The body makes little or no insulin 
  • Treated with insulin, diet, and physical activity 
  • This type is permanent but taking care of your diabetes will help you feel better and stay healthy

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Most common form of diabetes
  • The body does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal
  • You need to manage glucose control with diet, weight control, and exercise
  • Pills may be added to control glucose levels
  • You may need insulin if diet, exercise, and pills don’t control your Type 2 diabetes
  • This type is permanent but taking care of your diabetes will help you feel better and stay healthy

Gestational Diabetes

  • A special kind of diabetes that happens only during pregnancy
  • Changes that occur in your body while you’re pregnant cause your blood sugar to be too high
  • This type makes moms more susceptible to be diagnosed with diabetes later on in life
  • You can take steps to control your blood sugar and reduce these risks
  • This type often goes away after the baby is born but might not

How can I manage my diabetes?

  • Healthy diet and managing your weight
  • Getting exercise
  • Checking your blood sugar
  • Working with your healthcare team 

Diabetes Calendar

2018 well sense diabetes calendar

Use this calendar to record your blood sugar levels while learning tips to help manage your diabetes. Spanish version can be downloaded here

Diabetes Calendar

Goal Tracking Sheet

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This simple tool will help you track your goals and test results throughout the year.

Diabetes Management Goals

Understanding Your Diagnosis

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Our Health Education Center can help answer many of your questions about diabetes.

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