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  1. 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.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Medications

    Insulin is the only medication that can treat type 1 diabetes.

  3. Albumin Urine Test

    A microalbumin test evaluates urine for the presence of a protein called albumin.

  4. 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.

  5. Diabetic Retinopathy - Treatment Overview

    There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before the retina has been severely damaged.

  6. Type 1 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    This topic provides general information about type 1 diabetes.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about type 1 diabetes in children.

  8. 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.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Exams and Tests

    A child with type 1 diabetes needs to visit his or her doctor at least every 3 to 4 months. During these visits, the doctor reviews your child's blood sugar level records and asks about any problems you and your child may have.

  10. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    During pregnancy, an organ called the placenta develops in the uterus. The placenta connects the mother and baby and makes sure the baby has enough food and water. It also makes several hormones. Some of these hormones make it hard for insulin to do its job-controlling blood sugar-so the mother's body has to make more insulin to work well. Gestational diabetes develops when the organ that makes ..

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