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  1. Gestational Diabetes

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. What Increases My Risk of Diabetes?

    Many people don't know they have diabetes or at risk of getting it. Here are the risk factors for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

  5. Depression and Diabetes: Is There a Link?

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

  6. Diabetes Care in Special Situations

    Learn more from WebMD about controlling your diabetes when you're ill, you're traveling, and during holidays.

  7. 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.

  8. A Closer Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

    WebMD explains retinopathy, a common eye complication of diabetes that can lead to glaucoma and loss of vision.

  9. Do You Have a Cold or Flu, Plus Diabetes?

    Catching a cold or flu is especially challenging when you have diabetes. WebMD tells you how to prepare for cold and flu season and what to do if you get a bug.

  10. What Is Central Diabetes Insipidus?

    Learn more from WebMD about central diabetes insipidus, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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