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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. Types of Diabetes Mellitus

    WebMD explains the different types of diabetes -- type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

  2. What Is Gestagenic Diabetes Insipidus?

    Gestagenic diabetes insipidus is a pregnancy-related condition with symptoms similar but unrelated to diabetes. Here are its causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

  3. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

    Knowing the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes -- and getting early medical intervention -- can help you prevent more serious complications. WebMD tells you what to look for.

  4. What Is Diabetes Insipidus?

    Diabetes insipidus produces symptoms similar to garden-variety diabetes, but it is far less serious. WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this disorder.

  5. High Blood Sugar, Diabetes, and Your Body

    Why are high blood sugar levels bad? WebMD examines the role of sugar in the development of diabetes and related conditions.

  6. Diabetes Testing

    WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose type 2 diabetes -- and the tests you should have if you've been diagnosed with diabetes.

  7. Managing Stress When You Have Diabetes

    It's essential to manage stress -- even more so if you live with diabetes. WebMD offers tips for coping with everyday stressors.

  8. Depression and Diabetes: Is There a Link?

    Learn more from WebMD about the link between diabetes and depression.

  9. Gestational Diabetes

    Get the basics from WebMD about gestational diabetes, including causes and diagnosis.

  10. Glossary of Diabetes Terms

    Can't keep track of all the terms related to diabetes? WebMD provides a glossary that tells you what you need to know, from A to Z.

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