Diabetes

Introduction to Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus (“diabetes” for short) is a serious disease that occurs when your body has difficulty properly regulating the amount of dissolved sugar (glucose) in your blood stream. It is unrelated to a similarly named disorder “Diabetes Insipidus” which involves kidney-related fluid retention problems.

In order to understand diabetes, it is necessary to first understand the role glucose plays with regard to the body, and what can happen when regulation of glucose fails and blood sugar levels become dangerously low or high.

The tissues and cells that make up the human body are living things, and require food to stay alive. The food cells eat is a type of sugar called glucose. Fixed in place as they are, the body’s cells are completely dependent on the blood stream in which they are bathed to bring glucose to them. Without access to adequate glucose, the body’s cells have nothing to fuel themselves with and soon die.

Diabetes — In The News
2 Factors Greatly Boost New Moms' Odds of Type 2 Diabetes Mar 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, and then gain 11 pounds or more after giving birth, have more than a 40 times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational... Read More


Why Isn't There Any Cheap, Generic Insulin? Mar 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research examines why people with diabetes who depend on injections of lifesaving insulin still have no cheaper generic options to treat their disease. "Surprisingly, this issue has not been talked about, so we're asking the question: Why is there no generic... Read More


Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps Mar 17, 2015

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes are calling for more research into the safety and effectiveness of insulin pumps. The diabetes' groups recommended "the adoption of a more rigorous, standardized and transparent approach to safety."... Read More


Weblog Entries
How Diabetes Impacts Mental Health Nov 1, 2013

In addition to marking the beginning of the holiday season, November is American Diabetes Month – and given the influx of unhealthy foods and practices that abound during this time... Read More


Depression And Diabetes: A Deadly Combination Jul 8, 2008

Diabetes is a chronic and serious illness that, if left untreated, can lead to a slow and horrible death. Type 1 and Type 2 are the two varieties of this... Read More