Riverside, California (NAPSI) - Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. According to the U.S. government, diabetes affects more than 25 million people of all ages, or 8.3 percent of the totalU.S. population, making it a health crisis in theUnited States.

Unfortunately, with the increased levels of obesity in theUnited States, the number of people living with type 2 diabetes is expected to rise.

In the battle against this health crisis, everyday “heroes” emerge within our communities: people and organizations that help those living with diabetes better manage their disease and improve their quality of life.

A new, free Web resource called diabetescare.net aspires to be one of those “heroes” by creating a unique, personal place where people can go to better understand their condition. It provides simple, effective ways to overcome daily challenges and change behaviors.

Visitors to the site will find:

• Ask the Professional: Ask a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator questions about diet, nutrition or even medication.

• Patient forums: Join an online diabetes community where people share experiences and advice.

• ACouponSavingsCenter: Use the diabetescare.net RXCut Card (free) to save up to 75 percent on prescriptions and other products and services.

• ARecipeCenter: Find simple and creative meal ideas to make smart choices.

Diabetes that develops over time, called type 2 diabetes, can happen slowly. Some people with high blood sugar may have no symptoms, while others may experience several symptoms, including:

• Blurry vision

• Excess thirst

• Fatigue

• Hunger

• Urinating often

• Weight loss.

If you or someone you care about thinks he or she may have diabetes, see your doctor. A simple urine and blood test may be all that’s needed to make a diagnosis.

Be a hero. Make a difference in your life or the life of someone you love. For more information, go to www.diabetescare.net or find Diabetescare on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.