Blood Sugar (Glucose) Directory
Blood glucose (often called blood sugar) is normally regulated by insulin. Your blood sugar levels change throughout the day but usually don't get extremely high or low. Too high levels can damage your body's organs. Too low levels can cause dementia and even a coma or death. For those with diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce the right amount of insulin, so blood sugar levels depend greatly on diet, and these levels must be regularly monitored. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about blood sugar and glucose levels, complications of abnormal blood sugar levels, and much more.
How the Blood Sugar of Diabetes Affects the Body
Why are high blood sugar levels bad? WebMD examines the role of sugar in the development of diabetes and related conditions.
Cold and Flu Treatments for Diabetes
Catching a cold or flu is especially challenging when you have diabetes. WebMD tells you how to prepare for cold and flu season and what to do if you get a bug.
What to Do When Your Blood Sugar’s Too High
Can’t keep your blood sugar levels down? Use these tips to manage your type 2 diabetes.
What Can Happen if My Blood Sugar Is Out of Control?
Blood sugar levels that are too high over time put you at risk for all kinds of health problems. Learn about the health complications high blood glucose can cause.
Why Does Blood Sugar Spike in the Morning?
There are many reasons for a high blood-sugar reading in the morning.
Blood Sugar Highs and Lows
Know the difference between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
How Does Food Affect Your Blood Sugar?
How Does Food Affect Your Blood Sugar? Test your diabetes smarts.
Diabetes Mistakes: How to Wreck Your Blood Sugar
Common mistakes can take a toll on your body if you have type 2 diabetes that's not under control. Blood sugar levels that aren’t regulated can cause irreparable damage.
Does Eating Sugar Cause Diabetes?
Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes? C. Ronald Kahn, MD, explains.
WebMD Expert Answers: Is sugar the enemy? Where does/can it fit in the diet of someone with diabetes?
Dr. Elizabeth R. Seaquist reports from the 2013 Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes
Lessons Learned From Ignoring Diabetes
We profile Jeff, who was diagnosed with Type 2 insulin at 40, but didn’t manage it well. At 60 he faces a host of complications.
Type 1 Diabetes: Living with an Insulin Pump
After years of debilitating seizures, diabetic Melissa Jeffries regains control of her diabetes through the use of an insulin pump.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Control Your Blood Sugars
Do you think your blood sugars are out of control? Here are the signs that you should look for.
Slideshow: Blood Sugar Control, Insulin, and Diabetes
With diabetes, it's important to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). See how to control your glucose level with insulin, diet, and exercise.
Blood Sugar Levels for Pregnant Women With Diabetes
This simple chart from WebMD shows target blood sugar levels for pregnant women who have preexisting diabetes or who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
Blood Sugar Levels for Young Children
This simple chart from WebMD shows target blood sugar levels for young children with diabetes before and after meals, after fasting, before exercise, and at bedtime, as well as an A1c target.