The website for the American Diabetes Association is Diabetes.org. Community forums are on Community.Diabetes.org. The forums have message boards for Type 1 diabetics, Type 2 diabetics, those with recent diagnoses and parents of diabetics.
The website contains information on risk factors for diabetes, symptoms of the disease, living with diabetes, food and recipes, and diabetes research. It also has sections on local diabetes-related events and diabetes advocacy.
Type 1 diabetes is the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. It usually starts in childhood. Only 5 percent of diabetics have Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes starts as insulin resistance, in which the body's cells do not take in sugars as well as they should. At first the pancreas makes extra insulin to cope with this, but eventually it cannot keep up with the increased demand for insulin, and blood sugar, or blood glucose, levels rise. Chronically high blood sugar levels can cause problems throughout the body, from kidney disease to blindness, and can be life-threatening.