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  1. Diabetes: Preparing for Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    If you are a woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who is planning to become pregnant, meet with your doctor. Your doctor will want to talk to you about your A1c goal, your medicine for diabetes, your weight, and getting enough folic acid. Your doctor will want to make sure that you are up to date with immunizations. And you'll want to have your cholesterol, thyroid, eyes, and blood pressure checked to see if you need treatment changes. Your diabetes puts your developing baby at risk for birth defects. This is especially true if you don't keep your blood sugar in a target range during the early part of pregnancy. And during pregnancy, your high blood sugar can cause your baby to be very large. This will make delivery hard for both of you. After delivery, your baby is more likely to have jaundice. High blood sugar during your pregnancy causes your baby to make extra insulin. After delivery, your baby may continue to make too much insulin and be at risk for low blood sugar. Many women

  2. Prediabetes - Topic Overview

    What is prediabetes?Prediabetes is also referred to as impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. It is a warning sign that you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Most people who develop type 2 diabetes have prediabetes first. Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin or does not respond to it properly. Over time, ...

  3. Continuous Glucose Monitoring - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Diabetes: Should I Get an Insulin Pump?

  4. Choosing an Insulin Pump - 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: Living With an Insulin Pump

  5. Prediabetes - Medications

    Most people with prediabetes get better results by making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise, than with diabetes medication.5However, a health professional may prescribe a biguanide, usually metformin (Glucophage), because it can reduce insulin resistance-especially in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. In some cases a health ...

  6. Steps for Diagnosing Type 2 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Diagnosing type 2 diabetes includes testing for high blood sugar, learning if there are other causes of high blood sugar, and discovering what side effects diabetes has had on your body.Step 1: Do I have diabetes? Your doctor will diagnose type 2 diabetes based on your symptoms, risk factors, physical exam, and blood test results. Your blood sugar tests show if you have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance), or neither condition. If you don't have type 2 diabetes but you do have symptoms like being very tired, your doctor may look for other causes. Step 2: Is there another condition causing my diabetes? Sometimes there is a medical problem other than diabetes causing your high blood sugar. If so, you have secondary diabetes. For some people who have secondary diabetes, the diabetes goes away when the cause is eliminated.Step 3: Do I have type 2 diabetes?Treatment for diabetes is based on the type of the disease. There are two main types: type 1 and type 2.If your

  7. Albumin Urine Test

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

  8. Prediabetes - Symptoms

    Prediabetes is most often a silent condition with no symptoms. However, certain risk factors, such as obesity or lack of exercise, may put you at a higher risk of developing prediabetes. If you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes-which are similar to the risk factors for type 2 diabetes-ask your health professional whether you should be tested. ...

  9. Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet

    Our emotions influence what we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat. So, feelings can interfere with your ability to follow your diet for diabetes.If you feel that certain foods, such as chocolate cake, are "bad, " you may feel guilty after eating a piece.If you are angry because you think you can't eat the foods you like, you may feel resentful.If you are afraid that you may gain weight or ...

  10. Diabetes: Checking Your Feet - 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: Taking Care of Your Feet

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