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What is diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it means you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are both chronic conditions that can lead to kidney disease.

What causes diabetes?

While excess weight, genetics and environmental factors are have all been tied to instances of diabetes, the exact causes of diabetes are still unclear.

What are symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms can vary depending on how elevated your blood sugar is. Signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, irritability, fatigue and frequent infections or slow-to-heal sores.

How is diabetes treated?

Depending on what the type of diabetes, medications, blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections may play a role in treatment. Exercise and a healthy diet also play an important role in managing diabetes.