Basics

Diabetes is a disorder in the body’s ability to break down blood sugar. In type 1 diabetes, the body produces no insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough or cannot use insulin. The endocrine system is made up of the glands and hormones that regulate mood, growth and development, metabolism, tissue function, and sexual and reproductive functions.

Unstable Diabetes

Unstable Diabetes

Also called: Brittle Diabetes, Labile Diabetes Summary Unstable or “brittle” diabetes is a term used to describe hard-to-control cases of diabetes in which glucose (blood sugar) levels swing unpredictably. At times the glucose tends to be too high (hyperglycemia), and other times it is too low (hypoglycemia). Unstable diabetes usually refers to severe, uncontrolled forms …

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Talking to your Diabetes Care Team

Talking to your Diabetes Care Team

Summary A diagnosis of diabetes can be frightening to patients who know a lot about diabetes as well as to those who know little about the disease. Asking a physician and other medical professionals the right questions about diabetes care can help patients obtain the information they need to manage their condition correctly and confidently. Recommendations …

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Stress and Diabetes

Stress and Diabetes

Summary Stress is a person’s physical and emotional response to change or a perceived threat. Certain amounts of stress are normal, but excessive levels can be a risk factor for the development of diabetes and may complicate its treatment. Stress comes from many sources. For example, major life events, such as a birth, job change …

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Skin Disorders and Diabetes

Skin Disorders and Diabetes

Also called: Dermatopathy, Diabetic Dermopathy, Dermopathy Summary People with diabetes are prone to many skin disorders. These include conditions that affect only diabetic individuals and conditions that occur more frequently or are more serious among diabetes patients. Diabetic skin conditions include abnormal growths, ulcers, infections and changes in the skin itself. They range from harmless …

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Skin Care and Diabetes

Skin Care and Diabetes

Summary Diabetes can affect almost every part of the body. It frequently causes skin problems. In some cases, these conditions are specific to people with diabetes. For example, the skin of diabetic individuals tends to be thicker than that of nondiabetics. Other conditions, such as dry skin, are common in the general population but may …

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