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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Health Tools

    An interactive health tool related to type 1 diabetes in children.

  4. Type 1 Diabetes - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar From Insulin Diabetes: Giving Yourself an Insulin Shot Diabetes: Living With an Insulin Pump Diabetes: Preventing High Blood Sugar Emergencies Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet Diabetes: Using a Plate Format to Plan Meals Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for PregnancyInteractive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more. Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?

  5. 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.

  6. Diabetes Guide - Exams and Tests

    Almost all women are tested for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. If your doctor thinks you are at increased risk for developing gestational diabetes, you may be tested earlier.Gestational diabetes is diagnosed with a two - part test called an oral glucose tolerance test. In the first part, your blood sugar is tested 1 hour after you drink a small cup of a sweet ..

  7. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Treatment Overview

    The goal ofchildren's treatment for type 1 diabetes is to always keep his or her blood sugar levels within a target range.

  8. Diabetic Retinopathy - Cause

    Learn about diabetic retinopathy and why it occurs.

  9. Diabetic Retinopathy - Symptoms

    You may have diabetic retinopathy for a long time without noticing any symptoms. Typically, retinopathy does not cause noticeable symptoms until significant damage has occurred and complications have developed.

  10. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Cause

    Type 1 diabetes develops when your child's pancreas stops producing enough insulin.

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