There are more than 425 million people living with diabetes today1. That's around 1 in 10 of the world's adult population, so it is likely that the disease affects you or someone close to you. In fact, because the symptoms of diabetes are not always obvious, half of people with the disease do not know they have it, and risk developing serious health problems as a result. And yet, once diagnosed, diabetes can be treated and people with the disease can expect to live a full, healthy and active life – provided they manage their health well.
At Novo Nordisk, we began our journey to defeat diabetes back in 1923. On these pages you will find information about the different types of diabetes, as well as tips on how to manage the disease in daily life.
Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that occurs when your body cannot properly produce or use insulin, the hormone that moves glucose from the food you eat into your cells where it can be used for energy. This results in high blood glucose levels that can damage your body over time2.
With type 1 diabetes, your body cannot produce enough – or any –
insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops rapidly and is usually diagnosed in
If you have type 1 diabetes, or care for someone who does, you can find useful information here.
With type 2 diabetes, your body becomes resistant to insulin over time. Type 2 diabetes usually starts around middle age and progresses gradually. You may not even know you have the disease until other health problems appear.
If you have type 2 diabetes, or care for someone who does, you can find useful information here
Some people living with diabetes need to inject insulin every day to
control their blood glucose levels. The good news is that modern
needles are tiny, virtually painless, and are usually built into a
discreet and convenient pen device. Some devices even have hidden
If you are about to start insulin therapy, or if you support someone who is, you will find all the information you need for stress-free injections here.
Gestational diabetes affects women during pregnancy. It is usually
temporary, but can increase your risk of diabetes later in life. If
you are affected, it is important to manage your blood glucose levels
carefully and get the right treatment and support to ensure a healthy
pregnancy and baby.
If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you can find useful information here.
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1International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8th Edition. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2017.
2International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas,
8th Edition. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes