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The American Diabetes Association’s vision is a life free of diabetes and its burdens.

Posted: Jun 2, 2017

For more than 75 years, millions of Americans with diabetes have relied on the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. ADA is the trusted global authority on diabetes as a powerful organization committed to leading the fight against diabetes and its deadly consequences. ADA is made up of thought leaders, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, people with diabetes, their family and friends—everyone committed to fighting diabetes—working together.

            Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care. Those with diabetes and their families are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the latest medical approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices. Good communication with a team of experts can help you feel in control and respond to changing needs.

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Diabetes is a journey and the American Diabetes Association is ready to be with you every step of the way! If you or someone you know is recently diagnosed with diabetes, you can enroll in the free Living With Type 2 Diabetes program to get information and support at www.diabetes.org/living

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes? Take action now and know your risk! You can follow this link to take a free, 60 second Risk Assessment: www.diabetes.org/risktest

If you have more questions or concerns related to diabetes, you can reach the American Diabetes Association in Oklahoma:

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