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    How to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for type 2 diabetes.

  2. Diabetes and Your Skin

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  3. 6 Strategies for Controlling Diabetes

    You've just been diagnosed with diabetes. Now what? Learn more about managing the disease so that you can live a long, healthy life.

  4. Glycohemoglobin (HbA1c, A1c)

    Glycohemoglobin is a blood test that measures the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to hemoglobin. Normally, only a small percentage of hemoglobin in the blood (4% to 6%) has glucose bound to it.

  5. Blood Glucose

    A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods.

  6. Home Blood Glucose Test

    A home blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood at the time of testing. The test can be done at home or anywhere, using a small portable machine called a blood glucose meter.

  7. Ketones

    A ketone test checks for ketones in your blood or urine.

  8. Diabetic Neuropathy

    WebMD explains the common complication of diabetes called neuropathy and how it can damage your nerves.

  9. Diabetes and Alcohol - Topic Overview

    How does alcohol affect diabetes? When you have diabetes,you need to be careful with alcohol. If you take insulin or pills for diabetes,drinking alcohol may cause low blood sugar. Too much alcohol can also affect your ability to know when your blood sugar is low and to treat it. Drinking alcohol can make you feel lightheaded at first and drowsy as you drink more,both of which may be ...

  10. What Is A1c? - Topic Overview

    Hemoglobin A1c is a test that indicates the average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. People with diabetes need to have this test done regularly to see whether their blood sugar levels have been staying within a target range. Blood for a hemoglobin A1c test can be collected at home or at your doctor's office. Home testing may not be an option for everyone. Check with your ...

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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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