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  1. 9 Ways to Avoid Diabetes Complications

    Making lifestyle changes will help you avoid the serious complications of diabetes. WebMD offers 9 tips to get you on track.

  2. 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.

  3. A Closer Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

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

  4. What Is Central Diabetes Insipidus?

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

  5. Diabetic Macular Edema

    The causes, symptoms, and treatment of diabetic macular edema, an eye condition brought on by diabetes.

  6. What Is Ketosis?

    Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes compounds called ketones.

  7. Diabetes Warning Signs

    Learn more from WebMD about the warning signs that you may have diabetes.

  8. Type 2 Diabetes and the Insulin Pump

    WebMD explains how the insulin pump works for people with type 2 diabetes.

  9. Diabetes and Salt

    WebMD offers tips for lowering the amount of salt we eat.

  10. How to Stop Diabetes From Stealing Your Happiness

    Understanding the emotional impact of diabetes is crucial to staying well. WebMD helps you learn how to keep your emotions balanced with lifestyle choices, social support, and mental health counseling.

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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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