Also known as: Diabetes Mellitus
A group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood sugar (glucose). Type I diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce insulin, which is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Type II diabetes occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin normally (insulin resistance). Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, unusual thirst, and extreme hunger. Use of some antiretroviral (ARV) drugs may increase the risk of diabetes.