About Diabetes

The term "diabetes" refers to a blood glucose

level (BGL) of 126 mg/dl or higher.  That's it.  It's a symptom, not a disease.


The conditions that underlie high BGLs are the diseases.  Most cases are type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.  They both cause high BGLs but they're different diseases with different characteristics and happen for different reasons.


Neither disease is curable or preventable.