Diabetes

Alcohol can lower blood sugar levels to the point of hypoglycemia. Keep careful track of your blood sugar levels when drinking alcohol, because certain diabetes medicines also lower blood glucose levels.

Heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney disease are just some of the complications of diabetes.

Detailed information on the most common types of diabetes complications and ways to prevent future problems

Steam vegetables in low-fat broth or water, and use vegetable oil spray instead of oil, shortening, or butter.

If you're older than 45, you should be tested for diabetes. If you are younger, you should be tested if you are at high risk. Read on to learn more.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It's caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the light sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye. In some people, retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In others, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes may result in vision loss or blindness.

When you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin. Or it can't use the insulin that it makes. Read on to learn more about this condition.

Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, as well as lead to blood vessel disease. These conditions make it more difficult to notice when you injure your foot or develop a sore.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy. The symptoms of gestational diabetes usually go away after delivery. But sometimes they do not, or you may develop type 2 diabetes later.

You can monitor your blood sugar at home with one of a variety of devices that use a small sample of blood.

If you have diabetes, you are twice as likely to have high blood pressure. Left untreated, high blood pressure can raise your risk for heart disease and other serious health problems.

Diabetes affects the cardiovascular system, but many problems aren't apparent until a person has a heart attack or stroke.

Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar (glucose). Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or it may be a complication of diabetes or another disorder.

Detailed information on diabetes, including facts, statistics, types, diagnosis, complications, treatment, and management

Learn all about insulin replacement therapy for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Includes helpful information on different types of insulin, how it is given, insulin injection devices, and pancreas transplants.

Diabetic kidney disease is kidney disease that is caused by diabetes. Here's what you need to know about this condition.

Detailed information on healthy cooking tips for persons with diabetes

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage due to diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply your nerves, especially in the legs. 

Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place.

Many types of diabetes pills are available. Each type works in a different way.

Detailed information on diabetes, including facts, statistics, types, diagnosis, complications, treatment, and management

People with diabetes are encouraged to limit the sodium in their diets to help prevent or to control high blood pressure.

Detailed information on diabetes treatment and management

In type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. Insulin is needed to help sugar (glucose) enter cells for energy. Read on to learn more about this condition that often develops in children or young adults.

When your body can't make enough insulin or can't use insulin, it is called type 2 diabetes. Insulin helps the cells in the body absorb glucose, or sugar, for energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood resulting in high blood sugar.

Detailed information on the three forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes

Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can inflict substantial harm to a person’s health. Learn about obesity causes and obesity health effects.

Whatever treatment plan a person follows, losing weight slowly will be more effective and healthy over the long-term.

Medical treatment can help with weight loss if your own efforts are unsuccessful—or if you have a medical condition that makes it crucial to lose weight.

Gastric restrictive surgery is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. It limits the amount of food you can eat. This surgery may be used to treat severe obesity when diet, exercise, and medicine have failed.

Keeping extra weight off needs effort and commitment, just as losing weight does.

The longer a person is obese, the more he or she is at risk for problems. Many chronic diseases are linked with obesity. And obesity is hard to treat. Because of these reasons, prevention is very important.

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three.

Read on to learn about treatment for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery is also called bariatric surgery. It's often done as a laparoscopic surgery, with small incisions in the abdomen.

Detailed information on obesity, including obesity causes, obesity health effects, obesity medical treatment, obesity surgical treatment, maintaining weight loss, and obesity prevention

Detailed information on obesity treatment, including obesity medical treatment, obesity surgical treatment, obesity gastric bypass (malabsorptive) surgery, and obesity gastric stapling (restrictive) surgery

Detailed information on obesity surgical treatment, including gastric bypass surgery, and gastric stapling surgery

Are you tempted to try herbal remedies that promise to “cure” diabetes without prescription medication? Be sure you understand the limitations.

When you have diabetes, you'll also have a team to help you manage your condition. You may see several healthcare providers every year who help keep you healthy.

If you have diabetes, eating the right foods is your foundation for staying healthy. Reading the Nutrition Facts labels on foods is an important part of this mission.

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