Diabetes

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  1. Alcohol Use and Persons 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.

  2. Complications of Diabetes

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

  3. Diabetes and Heart Disease

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Diabetes Statistics

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

  7. 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.

  8. Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Forms of Diabetes

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

  14. 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.

  15. Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery

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

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