Peter A. DiCorleto, MD, Internal Medicine
Middle Tennessee Medical Center
Monday, March 17, 2008
Understanding diabetes is the first step to managing it. Get information on diabetes causes, risk factors, warning signs, and prevention tips.
What Is Diabetes?
Find information on diabetes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Diabetes occurs when the body cannot regulate blood sugars. Are the causes for type 1 and type 2 diabetes different? Find out.
Are You at Risk?
A family history and age increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. Read what other risk you have; you may be surprised to find that there are some risk factors for type 2 diabetes that you can change.
Learn about risk factors for diabetes in pregnancy.
Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented, but type 2 diabetes has modifiable risk factors which can help you lower your risk for the disease. Find out how.
Did you know that despite having the risks for developing diabetes, some steps can help in preventing type 2 diabetes? Get information on type 2 diabetes prevention from the National Institutes of Health. This link will take you to their web site.
Over 6 million people in the U.S. (both adults and children) have undiagnosed diabetes. Are you living with the symptoms of diabetes? Learn the symptoms of diabetes.
Increased hunger, unexplained weight loss, frequent urination -- these red flags may indicate early symptoms of diabetes. Read more.
In type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, the body's immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes accounting for 90%-95% of people with diabetes. It's been seen more in children with diabetes too. How can too much insulin (insulin resistant) result in this disease?
Are you one of the 41 million people in the U.S. with prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance)? Are you aware that this condition also increases the risk of heart disease read more.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and affects about 4% of all pregnancies. It increases complications for mother and baby. Get the facts.
Uncontrolled diabetes may damage nerves, making it harder to notice foot problems due to diabetes that can eventually require amputation.
Diabetes may make the body more vulnerable to skin infections and other illnesses.
Find out about insulin resistance and its dangerous ties to heart disease.
Up to a third of diabetes patients have diabetes-related skin problems at some point in their lives. Get the facts.
Eye Problems, Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and ketoacidosis
Learn how doctors diagnose type 2 diabetes.
Are you worried about diabetes during pregnancy? How is this diagnosed? Find out why it's important to know about diagnosing diabetes during pregnancy.
Want more details on gestational diabetes? Here is some advanced reading. You'll exit WebMD to reach this web site, which is a PDF file.
Learn how diabetes patients can test their blood glucose levels - and why they should be monitoring blood sugars regularly.
Get the facts on this diabetes test, which is given after the patient fasts for 8-16 hours.
The hemoglobin A1C blood test checks how well your diabetes has been recently been controlled.
Diabetes patients often take urine tests to check for diabetes-related kidney disease and severe hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Kids may not have obvious symptoms before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
People with type 1 diabetes aren't the only ones who use insulin. Learn how insulin is used to treat various forms of diabetes.
What prescription drugs can you take to control diabetes?
Find out how diabetes in pregnancy is managed.
This video explores use of insulin pumps in young children with diabetes.
Learn about supplements and herbal medicines for diabetes
Acupuncture, biofeedback, and more approaches are covered by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
Information about islet cell and pancreas transplants to treat diabetes.
Use these seven steps from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for lifelong diabetes management.
Your diabetes health care team starts with you. Find out who else is on the squad.
Learn why it's so important for diabetes patients to take care of their feet.
Living and Coping
Feeling ill? Diabetes patients may need special care.
These six tips may help keep stress from undermining diabetes management.
Learn how exercise can help control diabetes.
Get a sample diabetes meal plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
A little planning may make your journeys more enjoyable. Get up to speed before you hit the road.
Planning a pregnancy? Here's what you need to know if you have diabetes.
Eating healthy with diabetes.