The Path to
Understanding Diabetes

Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed, have been fighting against type 1 or type 2 diabetes for a while or are helping a loved one, you’ve come to the right place. This is the start of gaining a deeper understanding of how you can live a healthier life—with all the tools, health tips and food ideas you need.

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot make enough insulin (a hormone that helps control the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood), or does not properly use the insulin it makes.

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Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Although not everyone with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes, many people will.

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Between 3 – 20% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, depending on their risk factors.

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Find the information
you need

Nutrition, Fitness, Mental Health and Medication all play important roles in any Diabetes Care routine.


It is important to learn how medications are used to manage diabetes. Treatment plans can change depending on the type of diabetes and who you are. Get to know the basics of diabetes medication and monitoring your levels.

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Mental Health

Your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes will have a huge impact on your physical health. Check in with your mental health, to identify in any area that you are struggling, seek help early so that these issues do not cause more issues for concern with diabetes management.

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Almost everyone, whether or not they have diabetes, benefits from regular exercise. Exercise has special advantages if you have diabetes. Regular physical activity improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps manage your blood sugar levels.

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A balanced diet and being active have long been known to lead to better blood sugar control. But it can be easier said than done. The Bermuda Diabetes Association is here to help you create a meal plan that is right for you.

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Helpful Resources

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