If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are not alone. It is estimated that over more than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes is a complex disease that requires careful daily self-management, including making healthy food choices, staying physically active, monitoring your blood sugar frequently, and taking your medications as prescribed. Successful self-management of diabetes can reduce your chance of developing severe or life-threatening complications, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.
The more you know about your type 2 diabetes diagnosis, the better prepared you will be to make informed decisions about your health. In this Patient Toolkit, you will find information to help you understand your diagnosis and tips on managing day-to-day life with diabetes. In addition to frequently asked questions, links are provided to other up-to-date resources to help answer all of your questions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes fast facts. Last reviewed: September 30, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/quick-facts.html URL Accessed December 28, 2022.