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Sometimes the immune system makes a mistake and attacks the body's own tissues or organs. This is called autoimmunity.
Beta cells are cells that make insulin.
The blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood.
A blood glucose meter is a small, portable machine that's used to measure how much glucose (a type of sugar) is in the blood.
For a person with diabetes, a bolus is a dose of insulin taken to handle a rise in blood glucose.
All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.
Many people with diabetes use carbohydrate ("carb") counting to estimate the amount of carbohydrate in the foods they eat.
Certified diabetes educators are health care professionals who specialize in treating people with diabetes.
Diabetes mellitus (sometimes called "sugar diabetes") is a condition that occurs when the body can't use glucose (a type of sugar) normally.
Many people with diabetes use a food-balancing program called the exchange meal plan to guide what they eat each day.