Diabetes

Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urinationincreased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.

Comparing Artificial Sweeteners

What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners can be used instead of sugar to sweeten foods and drinks. You can add them to drinks like coffee or iced tea. They are also found in many foods sold in grocery stores. These sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, are made from chemicals and natural substances…

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

When you test your blood sugar, you learn your blood sugar level at that time. But you can’t tell what’s happening to your blood sugar the rest of the time—especially overnight. A continuous glucose monitor, or CGM, can do that for you. How does a continuous glucose monitor work? A CGM has several parts. You wear one…

Criteria for Diagnosing Diabetes

To be diagnosed with diabetes, you must meet one of the following criteria: 1 Have symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, increased urination, and unexplained weight loss) and a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). The blood sugar test is done at any time, without regard for…

Diabetes and Alcohol

How does alcohol affect diabetes? When you have diabetes, you need to be careful with alcohol. If you take medicine for diabetes, drinking alcohol may cause low blood sugar. Too much alcohol can also affect your ability to know when your blood sugar is low and to treat it. Drinking alcohol can make you feel lightheaded…

Diabetes and Constipation or Diarrhea

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or is unable to use the hormone insulin properly. The pancreas produces insulin, which helps the body use sugar (glucose) from foods. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or if the body cannot use the insulin properly, blood sugar levels rise and…