In type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. Insulin is needed to help glucose enter cells for energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood. This causes high blood glucose or high blood sugar.
When your body can’t make enough insulin or can’t use insulin, it is called type 2 diabetes - a chronic disease that has no known cure. It is the most common type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy; a hormone made by your placenta keeps your body from using the insulin as it should.
Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder. It happens when your stomach takes too long to empty out food.
Metabolic syndrome refers to 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.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is an umbrella term, made up of a variety of different diseases affecting the...
Prediabetes means that the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood is too high.
When a patient with diabetes loses sensation in the feet, sores or injuries may go unnoticed until serious ulcers develop.Diabetic neuropathy and blood vessel disease both increase the risk of foot ulcers.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage due to diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar (glucose) can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply your nerves, especially in the legs.
High blood sugar can damage blood vessels of the retina and cause them to leak or bleed. This damage can lead to abnormal blood vessel growth. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms include floaters, blurred vision or poor night vision.
Health advice for those feeling depression; feeling depressed, sadness or having no hope; decreased joy from or interest in daily activities; thoughts of suicide.
Helpful information if your Systolic blood pressure greater than 140; your Diastolic blood pressure greater than 90; or if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.
Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but you also get cholesterol from many of the foods you eat. Cholesterol your body makes from the fat you eat creates the most risk for disease.
Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by low blood sugar (glucose) - the main source of fuel for the body.
There are 2 types of kidney failure — acute and chronic - which happens when damage results in loss of normal kidney function. It may also be called end stage renal disease (ESRD).
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. It is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition and happens in all age groups and both genders, although it is more common in men.
Adults with obesity are more likely to have certain health problems than adults who are not obese. These problems include the following.