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  1. Type 2 Diabetes - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about type 2 diabetes:What is type 2 diabetes?What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?What causes type 2 diabetes?What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?Who is at risk for type 2 diabetes?How does the body use nutrients in food to control blood sugar?Who is affected by type 2 diabetes?Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?Being diagnosed:When should I call a doctor?What ...

  2. Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for Pregnancy

    Talk to your doctor if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and are planning to get pregnant, to make sure that both you and your baby are healthy.

  3. Type 2 Diabetes - Exams and Tests

    If your doctor thinks that you may have diabetes, he or she will order a couple of blood glucose tests. Blood glucose tests are blood tests that measure how much sugar is in your blood. Usually, they are done first thing in the morning, before you eat or drink anything. Sometimes, a glucose tolerance test is also done; however, the American Diabetes Association does not recommend this test ...

  4. Type 2 Diabetes - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor about type 2 diabetes if you:Are age 45 or older and you have never been tested for type 2 diabetes or you have not been tested in more than 3 years.Are younger than 45, are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and want to be tested.Have one or more of the common symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, unusual weight loss, or extreme ...

  5. Type 2 Diabetes - Surgery

    Surgery is not a treatment for type 2 diabetes. However, if you are very overweight and are considered a good candidate for surgery, gastrointestinal surgery can help you lose weight. This surgery has many risks, and doctors do not recommend it often. ...

  6. Type 2 Diabetes - Treatment Overview

    It can be scary to learn that you, your child, a family member, or a friend has type 2 diabetes or is at risk for the disease. Many people are shocked when they find out that they have type 2 diabetes. Others are relieved to know what has been causing their symptoms. Although it is normal to feel angry or depressed about having a serious lifelong disease, it is important to remember that many ...

  7. Type 2 Diabetes - Symptoms

    At first, your blood sugar level may rise so slowly that you may not know that anything is wrong. One - third of all people who have diabetes do not know that they have the disease.1If you do have symptoms of type 2 diabetes, they may include:Feeling thirsty. Having to urinate more than usual.Feeling more hungry than usual.Losing weight without trying to.Feeling very tired.Feeling cranky.Other ...

  8. Diabetic Nephropathy - Treatment Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is treated with medications that lower blood pressure and protect the kidneys. These medications may reverse kidney damage and are started as soon as any amount of protein is found in the urine (microalbuminuria).

  9. Type 2 Diabetes - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Diabetes: Should I Get an Insulin Pump? Obesity: Should I Have Weight-Loss Surgery? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Depression: Using Positive Thinking ...

  10. Diabetic Nephropathy - Topic Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar.

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