Category - diseases

Diabetes and Your Mouth

4 Signs You May Have a Problem Diabetes puts you at risk for dental problems. It hurts your ability to fight bacteria in your mouth. Having high blood sugar encourages bacteria to grow and contributes to gum disease. You may have gum...

Essential Tips to Manage Diabetes

Eat the Foods You Like You don't have to give up your favorite meals just because you have diabetes, but you need to know how your choices affect your blood sugar. A diabetes educator or dietitian can teach you how to count carbs, read...

Why Have I Lost Weight Without Trying?

Unexplained Weight Loss If you lose more than 5% of your weight in 6 to 12 months, tell your doctor, especially if you’re an older adult. That would be about 8 pounds if you weigh 150, or 10 pounds if you weigh 200. Sudden weight loss...

Diabetes-Friendly Drinks and Cocktails

Drink in Moderation Most people with diabetes can enjoy some alcohol. Rules are the same as for everyone else: one drink per day for women; two for men. But you need to know how alcohol affects your blood sugar. A sugary drink might spike...

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications

Choose Carbs Carefully Diabetes doesn't mean you have to cut carbs completely. Choose carbohydrates that break down in the body slowly, providing steady energy. Reach for whole grains, beans, nuts, and fresh vegetables and fruits. Yes, you...

8 Simple Snacks That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar

Nuts A small handful of them -- about 1.5 ounces -- can pack a big nutritional punch with a low carb count. Toss back almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, pistachios, or peanuts for a high-fiber snack full of healthy fats....

Best and Worst Meals for Diabetes-Savvy Dining

Balance Your Choices When you have type 2 diabetes, you need to eat a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. So what's a well-balanced dinner? A power breakfast? The following meal examples can help you make better choices....

What Are the Complications of Diabetes?

You're in Control Taking care of yourself when you have diabetes takes effort. You need to check your blood sugar, eat right, stay active, and take your medications. It makes a big difference, because it can help you avoid major problems...

12 Ways Too Much Sugar Harms Your Body

The Bitter Side of Sugar Sugar is sweet, but too much of it can sour your health. Whole foods like fruits, veggies, dairy, and grains have natural sugars. Your body digests those carbs slowly so your cells get a steady supply of energy....

How to Protect Your Eyes When You Have Diabetes

What Diabetes Can Do to Your Eyes Having this disease means you're more likely to have eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. They can cause poor vision and even the loss of your...