Understand diabetes and how your body uses insulin to handle glucose. You'll also find information about the impact of diabetes on other systems in the body.


Learn More

How Many People Could Use the Same Kidney?

For those on the list waiting for a kidney donation, it could be years before their name comes up. One doctor is hoping to shorten this wait by retransplanting already donated kidneys.

Why Diabulimia Is So Dangerous

Many people with Type 1 diabetes are deliberately skipping or manipulating their insulin doses in order to lose weight. But this can have very serious consequences.

Turns Out Type 2 Diabetes Is Reversible, After All

British scientists call for more awareness that diabetes can go into remission through weight loss.

What are the different types of diabetes?

Over 20 million Americans have diabetes and about one-third of those people are unaware that they even have it. You can learn more about the different types of diabetes from this article.

How to Know If You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs either when your body doesn't make enough insulin or when it can't use the insulin that it makes, leading to serious health problems. You can learn the symptoms of diabetes from the article below.

How to Prevent Diabetes

It's important to know how to prevent diabetes because approximately eight percent of the population suffers from some type of diabetes. Learn about how to prevent diabetes in this article.

How does your body know when to secrete insulin?

Almost every cell in your body needs insulin. Learn how your body secretes insulin from this article.

How does a lack of insulin affect your body?

Symptoms associated with diabetes include fatigue, frequent urination and excessive hunger. Learn more about how a lack of insulin affects the body in this article.

How to Avoid Hypoglycemia

Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is a potentially dangerous condition that can be avoided. Learn how to avoid hypoglycemia from this article.

Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors

If you have diabetes, your doctor might recommend alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors to help normalize your glucose levels. Learn more about the benefits and side effects of alpha glucosidase inhibitors.

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Warnings Overview

Good news for people with diabetes: Two new drugs may be hitting the market soon. DPP-IV inhibitors can increase insulin production by blocking an enzyme. Another drug, rimonabant, can lower blood sugar. Learn more about new diabetes medications being tested.

Diabetic Nephropathy

The earliest sign of diabetic nephropathy is usually an abnormally high level of protein in the urine that occurs without symptoms. Learn more facts about diabetes nephropathy, prevention, and treatment.

Diabetes Survey

HowStuffWorks is conducting a survey to measure knowledge related to insulin and diabetes care. Take this survey to help in the research process of diabetes.

Diabetic Diets 101

Diabetes affects about 8 percent of Americans and almost a quarter of people over 60. How do you stick to a diabetic in our decidedly unhealthful world?

Download a Diabetes Podcast

Interested in learning more about Diabetes? Download a diabetes podcast to get insightful advice from the experts.

African Americans and Diabetes

In some cases different ethnicities and races are more susceptible to a specific disease. Learn more about African Americans and diabetes in this article.

Alcohol and Diabetes

Alcohol is everywhere -- when the family gathers, at cookouts, after the softball game, at parties. "What will you have?" someone asks. If you have diabetes, what do you say?

Diabetic Retinopathy + Blindness

People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes, but most people who have diabetes have minor eye disorders. Learn more facts about diabetes, prevention, and treatment.

Frozen Shoulder and Diabetes

Although researchers have yet to discovery why, diabetes is a common risk factor for frozen shoulder. Learn more facts about diabetes, prevention, and treatment.

Overview of Diabetes

If you suffer from diabetes, your healthcare professional can help you find the best treatment for you illness. Learn more facts about diabetes, prevention, and treatment.

Celiac Disease and Diabetes: Wheat Ails You?

Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what is ailing you. Learn how you can recognize the symptoms of celiac disease and diabetes with these helpful tips.

Diabetes and Artificial Sweeteners

Are artificial sweeteners safe for diabetics? Learn more about these types of sweeteners and how they effect diabetes.

Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetes can effect many things in the body including a male from getting an erection. Learn more about erectile dysfunction as it relates to diabetes in this article.

Diabetes and Foot Ulcers

What are the risks of developing foot ulcers due to diabetes? Take a look at what we have uncovered about foot ulcers due to diabetes in the Q&A session.

Diabetes and Insulin Pumps

For many people living with diabetes daily injections are a part of life. Learn more about the alternatives to daily injections that could help manage your diabetes in this article.