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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. Reading Food Labels When You Have Diabetes

    Being able to read and understand food and nutrition labels is very important for those with diabetes.

  2. The Risks and Complications of Uncontrolled Diabetes

    Uncontrolled high blood sugar can lead to a host of diabetes complications. Find out what they are and how you can prevent them.

  3. Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

    Do you know the causes of type 2 diabetes? Read more and find out if you are at high risk for this common type of diabetes.

  4. Understanding Diabetes -- the Basics

    WebMD's guide to diabetes, including causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

  5. Organ Transplant, Diet, and Weight Gain

    WebMD addresses concerns about diet and weight gain after an organ transplant.

  6. Topic Overview

    The bloodstream carries glucose-a type of sugar produced from the digestion of carbohydrates and other foods-to provide energy to cells throughout the body. Unused glucose is stored mainly in the liver as glycogen. Insulin,glucagon and other hormone levels rise and fall to keep blood sugar in a normal range. Too little or too much of these hormones can cause blood sugar levels to fall too ...

  7. Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) in People Without Diabetes - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about hypoglycemia: What is hypoglycemia? How does the body control blood sugar? What are some common causes of low blood sugar? What medicines can cause low blood sugar? Being diagnosed: How is a glucose test done? Getting treatment: What is the emergency treatment for low blood sugar? What are quick-sugar foods? ...

  8. Fournier's Gangrene - Topic Overview

    Fournier's gangrene is a serious,life-threatening infection of the male genital area. The infection usually starts in the skin of the genitals (penis or scrotum),the urethra,or the rectal area. There are several conditions that may lead to this infection. Frequently an injury or burn to the area occurred before the infection. Genital surgery,a sexually transmitted infection (STI),or a ...

  9. Diabetic Retinopathy - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor immediately if you have diabetes and notice floaters in your field of vision. Floaters often appear as dark specks, globs, strings, or dots. A sudden shower of floaters may be a sign of a retinal detachment, which is a serious complicatic

  10. Diabetic Retinopathy - Other Treatment

    Laser treatment (photocoagulation) can be an effective treatment for diabetic retinopathy, but it does not cure the disease. It can prevent, delay, and sometimes reverse vision loss.

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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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