When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, or first discover a loved one has diabetes, the amount of information to understand about this chronic illness can be overwhelming. And it's hard to know where to begin. It's natural to ask what am I going to do? How am I going to manage? How can I support the person I care about who has this disease? Starting with the basics - what diabetes is, who's at risk - is a good foundation and will lead you to the next level: managing diabetes.