Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s levels of blood sugar and the hormone insulin are out of balance. It is one of the most common diseases in the United States, and its numbers are constantly rising.
NICHD is one of many federal agencies and NIH institutes that supports research on diabetes. Although the institute studies different aspects of diabetes, NICHD is not the primary resource for patient information about diabetes. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and the National Diabetes Education Program provide detailed patient information about type 1 and type 2 diabetes.