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  1. 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 ..

  2. Diabetes Guide - Treatment Overview

    Type 1 diabetes requires lifelong treatment to keep blood sugar levels within a target range. Treatment includes: Taking several insulin injections every day or using an insulin pump.

  3. Diabetic Retinopathy - Other Treatment

    Laser treatment (photocoagulation) can be an effective treatment for diabetic retinopathy, but it does not cure the disease. It can prevent, delay, and sometimes reverse vision loss.

  4. Diabetic Retinopathy - Prevention

    There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy and its complications: Control your blood sugar levels. Long - term studies show that keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible reduces the risk of

  5. Diabetes Guide - Exams and Tests

    Almost all women are tested for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. If your doctor thinks you are at increased risk for developing gestational diabetes, you may be tested earlier.Gestational diabetes is diagnosed with a two - part test called an oral glucose tolerance test. In the first part, your blood sugar is tested 1 hour after you drink a small cup of a sweet ..

  6. 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.

  7. Diabetic Retinopathy - Cause

    Learn about diabetic retinopathy and why it occurs.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Cause

    Type 1 diabetes develops when your child's pancreas stops producing enough insulin.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes - Other Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to avoid products that promise a 'cure.' None exists. They also need to avoid products for diabetes that are advertised by testimonials without a sound medical basis.

  10. Diabetic Nephropathy - Symptoms

    There are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy. The only sign of kidney damage may be small amounts of protein leaking into the urine (microalbuminuria).

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