Children's Health and Wellness

Diabetes: Test Your Knowledge

If you have diabetes, taking steps right away to control it will help you avoid complications that may come up later. This multiple-choice quiz will help you with important answers now. It is based on information from the American Diabetes Association, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the CDC.

1. Diabetes happens because of which of these?
A. Your liver doesn't make enough blood sugar B. Your muscles use too much blood sugar C. Your body can't use blood sugar the way it should D. Your body makes more insulin than it needs
2. Two of the main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. How many people with diabetes have type 2?
A. 10% to 15% B. 30% to 35% C. 45% to 50% D. More than 90%
3. A certain gland or organ doesn't work right in a person who has type 1 diabetes. Which gland or organ is it?
A. Pituitary gland B. Pancreas C. Adrenal glands D. Kidneys
4. Why is insulin important for your body to use blood sugar?
A. It helps blood sugar enter your cells B. It lowers your blood pressure C. It raises your cholesterol levels D. It keeps your sucrose levels normal
5. Keeping your diabetes under control early on will help you prevent complications that may come up later. People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing which of these?
A. Heart disease B. Cancer C. Nerve damage D. A and C
6. Why are a healthy diet and regular exercise so important if you have diabetes?
A. They keep depression at bay B. Eating raises blood sugar; exercise lowers it C. Being overweight can be dangerous for people with diabetes D. B and C
7. Type 1 diabetes happens when your insulin-producing cells called beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. What destroys them?
A. Your immune system B. Toxins in your environment C. Free radicals D. Bacteria
8. A diabetic condition can develop as a side effect of some medicines. Which of these can raise blood sugar?
A. Ibuprofen B. Antidepressants C. Thyroid medicines D. Oral steroid medicines
9. Which ethnic groups are most likely to develop type 2 diabetes?
A. Latinos B. African Americans C. Caucasians D. A and B
Print Source: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2015. Diabetes Care. American Diabetes Association. 2015;38(supp 1):1-30.
Online Source: National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014, CDC
Online Source: Statistics about diabetes, American Diabetes Association
Online Source: Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Online Source: What is diabetes? National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: Hurd, Robert, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2017