GlossaryDiabetes: A condition in which the body cannot properly store or use glucose (sugar), the body's main source of energy.
Diabetes mellitus: A group of disorders in which there is a defect in the transfer of glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells, leading to abnormally high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia).
Hypertension: Increase in blood pressure.
Cardiovascular disease: Diseases of the heart and/or blood vessels.
Blood pressure: The pressure of the blood on the walls of the arteries, dependent on the energy of the heart action, the elasticity of the walls of the arteries, and the volume and viscosity (resistance) of the blood.
Stroke: Sudden, severe attack that results in brain damage. Usually sudden paralysis or speech difficulty results from injury to the brain or spinal cord by a blood clot, hemorrhage or occlusion of blood supply to the brain from a narrowed or blocked artery.
Kidney failure: Any one of several chronic conditions that are caused by damage to the cells of the kidney. People who have had diabetes for a long time may have kidney damage. Also called nephropathy.
Thyroid: A gland located near the windpipe (trachea) that produces thyroid hormone, which helps regulate growth and metabolism.
Obesity: Over weight.
Fatigue: Feeling Weak.
Genitourinary infections: The parts of the body that play a role in reproduction, getting rid of waste products in the form of urine, or both.
Headache: Pain or discomfort of the head, upper face, scalp, or neck region.
Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and feelings of stress.
CT: This is a X- ray procedure enhanced by computer the results are three dimensioned scan through a body part showing bone and body tissue.
MRI: A painless method using magnetic fields for taking pictures of internal organs.
Coronary artery disease: Narrowing or blockage of one or more of the coronary arteries resulting in decreased blood supply to the heart (ischemia). Also called Ischemic Heart Disease.