Diabetes is a highly manageable condition that affects more than 8 percent of the U.S. population -- some 25.8 million Americans. And because it is so common and manageable, we often forget that those who suffer from it must be vigilant in their behavior. That extends to the holidays.

Diabetes is a series of conditions that all have in common dangerously high blood glucose levels that result from the body's inability to properly produce insulin. While some people are born with the condition (Type 1) and are incurable, others develop it (Type 2) and might be able to reverse it with weight loss and other lifestyle changes. No matter the origin of the disease, it requires monitoring, medication and lifestyle changes.

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