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About Diabetes

Diabetes (dye-uh-BEE-teez) is a disease that keeps your body from turning food into energy. When diabetes goes untreated, sugar builds up in your blood. This can lead to problems with your heart, kidneys, eyes, legs and feet. People with diabetes have twice the risk of heart disease and stroke as other people.

Some things that raise your risk for diabetes are:

  • Being older than 45.
  • Being Hispanic, Native American or African American.
  • Having a family history of diabetes.
  • Being overweight.
  • Not exercising or being active.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having diabetes when you were pregnant.

Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems. The good news is that with the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay complications.


The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) New Mexico Health Care Takes On Diabetes, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico Department of Health, and New Mexico Diabetes Council. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adults with diabetes. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment based on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

Detailed recommendations and information on this complex issue can be found at or at many websites listed on the Diabetes Links page.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico