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  1. Diabetes and Exercise: Ideas to Get You Moving

    Exercise is essential for people with diabetes -- and it doesn't have to hurt. Read tips for getting started and sticking with an exercise plan.

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

    An interactive health tool related to type 1 diabetes in children.

  3. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Prevention

    Learn ways to help prevent complications from type 1 diabetes in children.

  4. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - What Happens

    information on low blood sugar and high blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes.

  5. 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.

  6. Diabetic Retinopathy - Symptoms

    You may have diabetic retinopathy for a long time without noticing any symptoms. Typically, retinopathy does not cause noticeable symptoms until significant damage has occurred and complications have developed.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes.

  8. Diabetic Retinopathy - Topic Overview

    What is diabetic retinopathy? Many people with diabetes develop a problem with their eyes called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the retina.

  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. Diabetic Nephropathy - Health Tools

    Use these diabetic nephropathy health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

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