Health Information

Diabetes

  • Alcohol Use and People with 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 medications also lower blood glucose levels.

  • Overview of Clinical Complications of Diabetes

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

  • Complications of Diabetes

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

  • Healthy Cooking Tips for People with Diabetes

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

  • Diagnosing Diabetes

    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.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Eye Problems

    Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

  • Facts About Diabetes

    Diabetes affects the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body.

  • Diabetic Foot Problems

    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 Mellitus (GDM)

    Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a pregnant woman has elevated glucose levels and other symptoms of diabetes—but did not have diabetes before she became pregnant.

  • Glucose Monitoring Devices

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

  • Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

    If you have diabetes, you are twice as likely to have high blood pressure. Untreated, high blood pressure can raise your risk for heart disease.

  • Diabetes and Heart Disease

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

  • Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Hypoglycemia is most often seen as a complication of diabetes and is sometimes referred to as "insulin reaction."

  • Home Page - Diabetes

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

  • Insulin Replacement Therapy

    Insulin is classified according to the speed of its action, the length of time when it's most effective, and its duration.

  • Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

    Nephropathy is the deterioration of the kidneys. The final stage of nephropathy is called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.

  • Meal Planning

    Detailed information on healthy cooking tips for persons with diabetes

  • Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Problems)

    The risk of developing nerve damage, or neuropathy, increases the longer a person has diabetes. About half of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.

  • Online Resources - Diabetes

    List of online resources to find additional information on diabetes

  • Diabetes and Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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

  • Oral Medications

    Many types of diabetes pills are available, and each type has a specific action.

  • Topic Index - Diabetes

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

  • Sodium and People with Diabetes

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

  • Diabetes Statistics

    Looking for vital diabetes facts and figures? Here are statistics for both patients and consumers.

  • Treatment and Management of Diabetes

    Detailed information on diabetes treatment and management

  • Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, but can start at any age.

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    A person with type 2 diabetes either can't make enough insulin or can't properly use it.

  • Forms of Diabetes

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

  • Overview of Obesity

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

  • Obesity Treatment Overview

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

  • Medical Treatment for Obesity

    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 Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery

    Gastric stapling surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that limits the amount of food a person can eat.

  • Maintaining Weight Loss

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

  • Preventing Obesity

    Given the chronic diseases and conditions associated with obesity and the fact that obesity is difficult to treat, prevention is extremely important.

  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

  • Treatment of Diabetes
  • Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery

    Bariatric surgery is a procedure that alters the process of digestion and is currently the best treatment option for producing lasting weight loss in obese patients when traditional methods have not been effective.

  • Obesity

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

  • Treatment of Obesity

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

  • Surgical Treatment for Obesity

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