Joslin Diabetes Educator with a Young Adult patient.

Your Guide to Everything Diabetes

Joslin Diabetes Center's staff of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and educators have a great deal of information about diabetes to share with you. You can access information on numerous topics such as Managing Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness. 

The Diabetes Learning Center

In the Diabetes Learning Center you will find information on diabetes and nutrition, diabetes and physical activity, how to treat a low blood glucose or care for your diabetes when you are ill, how to avoid the complications of diabetes and numerous other topics about how you can better care for and manage your diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes the body completely stops or is making very little insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections (or use an insulin pump) to survive.

Little girl holding mother’s hand in the park.
Newly Diagnosed
Pediatric & Adolescents

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes, which used to be called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, is a chronic disease that destroys the body’s ability to make insulin, a hormone used to break down and store energy...
Read more on What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes the body produces insulin, but the cells don’t respond to insulin the way they should. This is called insulin resistance.

Man in red jacket running in a park.
Newly Diagnosed

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes (formerly called ‘adult-onset’ or ‘non insulin-dependent’) is a chronic condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or is unable to use insulin properly. Instead of...
Read more on What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Education Resources & Programs

Whether you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for many years, realize that diabetes education doesn’t end. There are always new things to learn about diabetes.

Here’s how to stay up to date:

  • Meet with a certified diabetes educator (CDE). CDEs are usually nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists and pharmacists who specialize in diabetes education. You can find CDE’s working in hospital outpatient departments, medical centers, clinics and physician offices.
  • Meet with a registered dietitian to learn more about diabetes nutrition and meal planning. Many dietitians are also CDEs.
  • Attend a diabetes self-management education class. Diabetes classes are usually taught by a CDE and you’ll benefit from learning from others in the class, too.

Classes & Events

Our classes take place in a supportive group environment or in a one-on-one setting with a certified diabetes educator. We offer classes & events for for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their families.

Educational Programs

We offer educational programs for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These programs are led by expertly trained diabetes educators who help guide patients through living with the condition.

Find An Educator

Joslin offers a team of certified diabetes educators that meet with patients one-on-one or in a group class setting. Our diabetes educators help patients confidently manage the disease on their own.