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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.

Complications of Diabetes

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery involves bypassing a part of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients. For this reason, these surgeries are referred to as malabsorptive procedures.


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
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