Diabetes is a chronic disease with no cure and can manifest itself in multiple forms. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes suddenly and has no cure, while many people can go years without knowing they have type 2 diabetes — the most prevalent form of the disease. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and raises a woman’s risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.
Complications of all forms of diabetes can be sudden and devastating, including heart attacks, strokes, going blind, developing kidney disease, or losing a limb.
More than 714,000 Hoosiers have diabetes today, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Another 1.6 million more Hoosiers are at high risk.
For more information on the American Diabetes Association, call (800) 342-2383 or visit the website at diabetes.org.