Polydipsia is the medical term for excessive thirst. It's common to feel thirsty at times but long-term thirst and having to drink a lot more water than usual could be a warning sign of health conditions, including diabetes.
A goal of diabetes researchers for many years has been an artificial pancreas. These devices monitor blood sugar levels and automatically adjust levels of insulin entering their body.
Your diabetes care team will set individual blood sugar targets, but here's a general guide chart for blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
Your child's diabetes care team will set individual blood sugar targets, but here's a general guide.
Get the facts about carbs, fibre and diabetes.
Numbness, pain, tingling or a burning feeling in the outer thigh may be caused by a condition called meralgia paraesthetica.
You may have heard of the glycaemic index (GI) in relation to dieting, but it is also a very useful tool to help manage diabetes blood sugar levels.
Your diabetes care team may seem like they are nagging you to keep your condition well managed, but there's good reason for keeping your test results within target ranges: you'll feel better, and help to avoid damaging complications as a side effect of diabetes.
Skin problems are more likely with diabetes, but keeping the condition and blood sugar levels well managed can help reduce the risk of them developing.
Insulin injections are a well-known treatment for type 1 diabetes and for some people with type 2 diabetes. However, other injectable diabetes medications for type 2 diabetes are available called GLP-1 analogues or incretin mimetics.
People with diabetes can be twice as likely to become depressed as people who don't have the condition.
Colds can be miserable for many people, but with diabetes there's the added risk of blood sugar levels being affected.
You don’t have to give up alcohol if you are diagnosed with diabetes, but you do need to be aware of the effect it can have on blood sugar levels and take precautions.
Diabetes makes you more likely to develop skin conditions but there are steps you can take to fight back and reduce those risks.
Having diabetes can slow down your body's ability to fight off infections.
If you have diabetes, being unwell with a cold, flu, tummy bug or other infection can have a bad effect on your blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is a collection of conditions involving problems the body has with the hormone insulin.
If pregnancy makes you more insulin-resistant, this may be diagnosed as a special type of diabetes associated only with pregnancy, called gestational diabetes.
Although there seems to be a genetic link, it still isn’t clear why some people have type 1 diabetes while others don't.
Type 1 diabetes will be diagnosed based on an adult or child's symptoms, urine and blood tests.
Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes can be subtle, but they can also become severe and develop quickly over some days or weeks.
Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed to allow children and adults to live normal, healthy lives and avoid damaging complications from uncontrolled blood sugar (glucose) levels.
If you have prediabetes, or 'borderline diabetes', it means you have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not considered high enough to be classed as type 2 diabetes.
The NHS doesn't routinely screen people for type 2 diabetes, but tests may be arranged if a person sees their doctor about certain symptoms, or if they are at a higher risk of developing the condition.
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