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  1. Type 2 Diabetes - Prevention

    Preventing type 2 diabetesYou can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. Even small changes can make a difference, and it is never too late to start making healthier choices.Maintain a healthy weight. To find out if you are overweight, you can use the body mass index (BMI) chart for adults or the same chart in metric. If you need to lose weight, losing as few as to can help reduce your risk of ...

  2. Diabetic Nephropathy - Exams and Tests

    Diabetic nephropathy is diagnosed using tests that check for a protein called albumin in the urine, which is an indicator of kidney damage.

  3. Type 2 Diabetes - What Increases Your Risk

    There are some things that you cannot change that increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes including:Your family history. If you have a parent, brother, or sister who has type 2 diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing the disease. Your race and ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are at greater risk of developing type

  4. 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 ...

  5. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - When To Call a Doctor

    If your child has not been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: Call a health professional if: Your child has one or more of the common symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, and slight weight loss.

  6. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - What Increases Your Risk

    The major risk factors for type 2 diabetes in children include: Being overweight. 85% of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have a body mass index (BMI) in the 85th percentile or above for their age and sex.

  7. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Cause

    The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is not known. However, experts believe the disease develops in children the same way it does in adults: The body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, or it cannot use the insulin available (insulin resistance)

  8. Diabetes Guide - Prevention

    Preventing type 1 diabetes: Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes; however, ongoing studies are exploring ways to prevent diabetes in those who are most likely to develop it.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Topic Overview

    An overview of type 1 diabetes in children.

  10. Type 1 Diabetes - What Happens

    Type 1 diabetes develops because the body destroys the beta cells in the islet tissue of the pancreas that produce insulin. The rate at which the beta cells are destroyed varies.

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