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  1. Type 2 Diabetes - Cause

    You can develop type 2 diabetes if:Your body does not respond properly to insulin, making it difficult for your cells to get sugar from the blood to make energy. This is called insulin resistance.Your pancreas does not make enough insulin. Your weight, how much physical activity you get, and your family history all affect the way your body responds to insulin. If you are overweight, get little or

  2. Type 2 Diabetes - Medications

    Some people with type 2 diabetes need medicine to help their bodies make more insulin, to decrease insulin resistance, or to slow down how quickly their body absorbs carbohydrate.You may take no medicine, one medicine, or a few medicines. Some people need medicine for short periods of time, while others always need to take medicine. How much medicine you need depends on how well you can keep your

  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. Diabetes: Exams and Tests You Need - Topic Overview

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes have regular exams and tests according to the following schedule: 1 Schedule for exams and tests beginning at diagnosis of diabetes Time interval Exams and tests Every 3 months Visit your doctor for: A review of your blood sugar levels since your last checkup. Your doctor will evaluate whether your prescribed treatment needs ...

  5. Diabetic Nephropathy - Symptoms

    There are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy. The only sign of kidney damage may be small amounts of protein leaking into the urine (microalbuminuria).

  6. Type 1 Diabetes - Other Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to avoid products that promise a 'cure.' None exists. They also need to avoid products for diabetes that are advertised by testimonials without a sound medical basis.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes - Medications

    People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day because their pancreas does not produce it. Insulin helps blood sugar (glucose) enter the body's cells to be used for energy.

  8. 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)

  9. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Medications

    The same medications are used to treat adults and children with type 2 diabetes. These medications increase insulin production, make the body better able to use insulin (decrease insulin resistance), or slow the intestinal absorption of carbohydrate.

  10. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Treatment Overview

    Treatment of type 2 diabetes in children focuses on keeping blood sugar levels within a target range.

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