Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes

Here you will find important information that you need to know about managing diabetes and preventing its complications. There is also information on living with diabetes and tools to stay healthy in an easily accessible format. This site is constantly being updated so check back often for new topics. Take charge of your health today. Scroll to view more.

About Diabetes

Here you will find information on why diabetes happens, different types of diabetes, risk factors for getting diabetes, how diabetes is monitored, and more. The more you know about diabetes, the better you can manage it.

Living with Diabetes

In this section, you can find everyday information on living with diabetes. Learn about diet, exercise, weight loss, and other ways to stay as healthy as possible.

Complications

High blood glucose levels over time can lead to damage in many organs of the body. Learn more about the complications of diabetes and how you can prevent them from developing.

Treatments

Different types of diabetes are treated in different ways. Some persons with diabetes can be managed with pills alone while others always require insulin. Find out more here.

Helpful Tools

Keeping track of your blood glucose levels, diet, and exercise can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here are some tools that can be helpful. These tools are all available to download and share with your health care provider.

Patient Stories

In this section, you can read the stories and learn about the experiences of people who live with diabetes.

Tech Corner

Learn more about the role of technology in diabetes, including information about insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems.

Nutrition Blog

Please browse our Nutrition Blog for helpful tips and information about how diet plays a major role in the treatment of diabetes.

Glossary

There is a lot of medical terminology related to diabetes. In this section you can look up any terms that may be unfamiliar.  The website also has links to the glossary in text.

Videos

Please take a look at our videos, which cover useful topics ranging from Understanding Diabetes to Using an Insulin Pen.

COVID-19 + Diabetes

Being on top of your health is a constant with Diabetes.

  • Are people with diabetes more likely to get the COVID-19 infection than others?
  • Are people with diabetes at a higher risk  if they get infected with COVID-19?
  • How can people with diabetes protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • When should a person with diabetes get tested for COVID-19 or seek medical care?
  • These and many other questions are answered on the Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes website

Find out more information about resources for COVID-19 and diabetes.

Listen to the newest episodes of our podcast

Our podcast episodes feature special guests ranging from patients, advocates, experts and more. Our conversations focus on practical information about diabetes. Experts in various fields related to diabetes will give advice about day-to-day living. Patients share their stories.

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Thank you to all of our visitors!

Thanks to each and every one of our visitors! The Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes website has had views from more than 220 countries and territories from around the world!

The New Diabetes Technology Guide

The rise in modern medical technology has transformed and facilitated diabetes prevention, treatment, and reduction in diabetes complications…

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About Diabetes

Find out why diabetes happens, about different diabetes types and risk factors, how diabetes is monitored and more. The more you know about diabetes, the better you can manage it.

Living With Diabetes

In this section, you can find everyday information on living with diabetes. Learn about diet, exercise, weight loss, and other ways to stay as healthy as possible.

Complications

High blood glucose levels over time can lead to damage in many organs of the body. Learn more about the complications of diabetes and how you can prevent them from developing.

Treatments

Different types of diabetes are treated in different ways. Some people can be managed with pills alone while others always require insulin. It may be helpful to view Types of Diabetes first.

Helpful Tools

Keeping track of your blood glucose levels, diet, and exercise can be overwhelming. Here are some tools that can help. Download and share these with your health care provider.

Diabetes Glossary

There is a lot of medical terminology related to diabetes. In this section you can look up any terms that may be unfamiliar.  The website also has links to the glossary in text.

Ask the Experts

Living with diabetes day-to-day can be overwhelming.  This section focuses on practical information from medical experts. Topics change regularly, so check often to meet our new experts!

Nutrition Blog

Please browse our Nutrition Blog for helpful tips and information about how diet plays a major role in the treatment of diabetes.

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Tech Corner

Learn about a variety of innovations that help patients manage their diabetes – devices, how they work and how they compare to one another.

Videos

Please take a look at our videos, which cover useful topics ranging from Understanding Diabetes to Using an Insulin Pen.

Patient Stories

In this section, you can read the stories and learn about the experiences of people who live with diabetes.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that readers may find helpful.

Download Our New PDF Glossary

There is much medical terminology related to diabetes, which at times can be overwhelming and confusing.  We believe that providing a glossary of terms related to diabetes may help people better understand diabetes.  The more one understands, the easier it is to manage diabetes. Thus, this Diabetes Glossary was developed as an integral part of the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes website.  Many terms are cross-referenced, and the on-line glossary continues to expand.  We hope readers find this resource helpful.

 

Our Vision

To provide a trusted and reliable resource based on the latest evidence that people with diabetes or interested in diabetes can use to live healthier lives.

 

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