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HCA image for blood sugar testing If you have diabetes, you are not alone. There are many Americans who have either type 1 (insulin-dependent) or type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes. Effective treatment requires vigilant monitoring to keep glucose levels in a healthy range. Chronically elevated glucose in the blood can lead to serious eye, kidney, heart, and nerve disease. Fortunately, there are technologies that offer convenient ways to manage the disease and prevent complications.

Researchers are constantly working on new treatments, some of which have already been used successfully by people with diabetes throughout the world. Of course, the ultimate solution for people who are insulin-dependent would be to enable the body to make its own insulin again. Better methods for transplanting healthy islet cells (insulin producers of the pancreas) or coaxing stem (embryonic) cells to produce insulin may one day offer a cure for diabetes. Even without a cure, today's products have brought diabetes management a long way since the discovery of insulin in 1921.