Chronic Conditions Team

Find tips for daily living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma, as well as advice for living well both physically and mentally.

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This infographic of the human body provides an overview of what can happen if diabetes is left unchecked. HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Control Your Blood Sugar and Diabetes (Infographic)

Tags: diabetes, diabetes diagnosis, diabetes treatment, diabetic, gestational diabetes, infographic, juvenile diabetes, prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes can affect every body function and organ. This infographic of the human body provides an overview of what can happen if diabetes is left unchecked.

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More Teens Are Abusing Prescription Drugs (Video)

Tags: addiction, chronic pain, codeine, drugs, morphine, opioids, pain medication, percocet, vicodin

Prescription painkillers such as morphine and codeine are important medicines that can provide significant comfort. But abuse of these drugs has become a major public health challenge – particularly among youngsters.


Weight-Loss Surgery Can Improve Type 1 Diabetes

Tags: diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight loss, weight-loss surgery

Many studies have shown that weight-loss surgery can improve or even reverse symptoms of type 2 diabetes. A new study led by a Cleveland Clinic physician shows the same surgery can help people with type 1 diabetes.

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Prediabetes: Wake-up Call for Mid-life Women

Tags: diabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal — but not yet high enough to be diabetes. And it only gets more challenging as we enter menopause.

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Underactive Thyroid: Is Yours Being Overtreated?

Tags: arrhythmia, diabetes, hormone, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, T3, T4, thyroid, thyroid awareness month 2013, thyroid gland, underactive thyroid

If your thyroid gland is underactive — a condition called hypothyroidism — your body produces too little thyroid hormone. Even when you’re on the right dose of thyroid hormone for your weight, you may be getting more than your body needs.

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New Drugs Make Diabetics Pee Out Excess Sugar

Tags: diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

The FDA just approved the second in a new class of diabetes drugs that lower blood sugar by releasing it in patients’ urine. More drugs that work this way are likely coming.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Diabetes and Diet

Tags: diabetes, diet, healthy diet, quiz

When it comes to diabetes and your diet, do you know how to separate fact from fiction? Get answers in this quiz.

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A Recovering Alcoholic’s Guide to the Holidays

Tags: alcohol, alcoholism, drinking, holiday season, substance abuse

Holiday parties create a potential minefield for recovering alcoholics. Be mindful of contextual situations associated with drinking and extreme emotions stirred up by the season that can trigger relapse.

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When to See a Pain Specialist

Tags: chronic pain, pain management

How long should you put up with arthritis or joint pain, an aching neck or back, or pain resulting from a surgery or injury? Know when it's time to see a pain specialist who can accurately diagnose the issue.

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Need Pain Relief? Consider Radiofrequency Ablation

Tags: arthritis, back pain, chronic pain, neck pain, radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

If you suffer from chronic neck and back pain, or chronic lower back pain, there is a minimally invasive option that may reduce or eliminate your pain for months at a time called Radiofrequency ablation (RFA).