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Diabetes
The Cleveland Department of Public Health works to prevent diabetes and to promote healthy diabetes self-management.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise play a role, especially in certain types of diabetes.

There are several types of diabetes:
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
Resources for learning more about diabetes:

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland

Diabetes Public Health Resource Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)