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  1. Taking Care of Your Diabetes Every Day

    Taking care of your diabetes is a daily necessity, but it doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. WebMD tells you how to manage your diabetes with a few small steps.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Making Mealtime Happier - Topic Overview

    Some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant when your young child has type 1 diabetes include: Setting up expectations (and consequences) for staying at the table during mealtime. Keep mealtimes positive and enjoyable. Offer a variety of healthy choices to your child. Avoid: Preparing an alternative meal during or shortly after a meal. Frequently reminding your child to eat during the meal. ...

  3. Diabetes in Children: Food Issues at School - Topic Overview

    New challenges emerge when your child with diabetes begins school. Starting a good communication system with key people at the school can make this transition relatively smooth. It's helpful to schedule a conference with school personnel-principal,teachers,coaches,bus driver,school nurse,and lunchroom workers-after your child is first diagnosed. Do this again at the beginning of each ...

  4. Diabetes in Children: Counting Carbs

    Carbohydrate counting is a skill that can help you and your child plan his or her meals to manage diabetes and control blood sugar. Carbohydrate counting also can allow your child to eat a variety of foods, just like other kids, and to increase his or her sense of control and confidence in managing diabetes.When you and your child know how much carbohydrate is in food, you can spread the nutrient

  5. Quick-Sugar Foods - Topic Overview

    Because you are at risk for low blood sugar levels,either because you have diabetes or some other health condition that can cause low blood sugar,you need to keep some type of food with you at all times that can quickly raise your blood sugar level. Eating quick-sugar food puts glucose into your bloodstream in about 5 minutes. Glucose or sucrose is the best choice,but any quick-sugar food on ...

  6. Diabetes: Tips for a Healthy Mouth

    Try these tips to prevent gum disease and oral infections linked to diabetes.

  7. Diabetes and Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

    Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, but you can lower your risk a lot by following these 6 tips.

  8. Healthy Eating With Diabetes: Your Menu Plan

    The same foods that help everyone stay healthy will help you keep your blood sugar under control. Try these recipes for healthy eating.

  9. Tips for Heart-Healthy Living With Diabetes

    Heart disease is a major complication of diabetes. Find out how watching your ABCs can help you lower your risk.

  10. Diabetes and Mouth Problems: What You Should Know

    Not only are people with diabetes more likely to have gum disease, but serious gum disease may make it harder to control blood sugar. Learn more about signs of gum disease -- and lowering your risk for it.

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