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Growth, Hormones & Diabetes

Growth Problems
In most cases, teens who are small are just physically maturing a bit more slowly than their friends. Occasionally, though, there's a medical reason why some kids and teens stop growing. Find out about growth problems and how doctors can help.

Thyroid Disease Definitions
Check out these definitions to help you understand the thyroid gland and thyroid disease.

Thyroid Disease
The thyroid gland manufactures the hormones that help control metabolism and growth. So if your thyroid isn't operating properly, you can have problems in other parts of your body.

Diabetes: Erika's Story
Erika's doctors diagnosed her with diabetes when she was 12. She'd always been terrified of needles, but managed to face her fears. Today, Erika says her life is pretty much like any other young woman's. Read her story.

Can Diabetes Be Prevented?
The things you do now could help prevent diabetes later, depending on the type of diabetes. Here's the scoop on diabetes prevention.

Type 1 Diabetes: What Is It?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body's main source of fuel. In type 1 diabetes, glucose can't get into the body's cells where it's needed.

Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?
Teens with type 2 diabetes and have to pay close attention to what they eat and do.

Type 1 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?
People with type 1 diabetes need to follow a treatment plan to manage their diabetes and stay healthy and active.

Type 2 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?
People with type 2 diabetes need to follow a plan to manage their diabetes and stay healthy and active.

Dwarfism
A dwarf is a short-statured person whose adult height is 4 feet 10 inches or under. Find out what happens when a person has dwarfism and why some people are born with it.

My Friend Has Diabetes. How Can I Help?
Sure, you've heard of diabetes. But how much do you really know about what it's like to have it? Read our tips on helping a friend with diabetes.

Diabetes Center
Our Diabetes Center provides information and advice for teens about treating and living with diabetes.

Diabetes: DJ's Story (Video)
DJ has type 2 diabetes. In this video, he talks about how he adjusted and what's working when it comes to taking care of himself.

Diabetes: Marco's Story (Video)
Marco, 18, was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago. He talks about adjusting to life with diabetes and preparing to go to college.

Can I Get Diabetes From Having Sex?
Find out what the experts have to say.