Diabetes is a disease that happens when blood glucose levels are higher than normal. The body’s pancreases, which lies near the stomach, is responsible for making a hormone called insulin that helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies. Type 1 diabetes is when your body doesn’t make insulin or has too little insulin. Type 2 diabetes is when your body does not use its inulin properly.

Type 1 Diabetes

Often random and normally starts in people younger than 35 who are non-obese. There is a rapid onset of symptoms like ketoacidosis. The body cannot produce insulin and the condition must be managed with insulin injections, diet and exercise control.

Type 2 Diabetes

Strong family history that normally starts in older people and accompanied by obesity. There are no obvious signs in the early stages. Body cells are resistant to insulin and the condition is managed with oral medications, diet and exercise control.

Common Symptoms

Urinating Often
Increased Thirst
Increased Hunger
Extreme Fatigue
Blurry Vision
Slow Healing of cuts/bruises


1. Move More

The human body uses insulin better and absorbs glue proficiently through exercise.

2. Diet Changes

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains must be consumed instead of read meat.

3. Quit Smoking

Smoking increases the risk for developing diabetes.

Diabetes Fact Sheet

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Community Partners

Good Samaritan Health Center

 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy
NW Atlanta, GA 30318 

Diabetes Association of Atlanta

75 Marietta Street, Suite 304
Atlanta, GA 30303

Physicians’ Care Clinic

440 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30033

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