Diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose, otherwise??as blood sugar.

In the United States, the estimated number of people over 18 years of age with diagnosed and undiagnosed??diabetes??is??30.2 million. The figure represents between 27.9 and 32.7 percent of the population.

Without ongoing, careful management, diabetes can lead to a buildup of sugars in the blood, which can increase the risk of dangerous complications, including??stroke??and??heart disease.

Different kinds of diabetes can occur, and managing the condition depends on the type. Not all forms of diabetes stem from a person being overweight or leading an inactive lifestyle. In fact, some are present from childhood.