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  1. Screening for Gestational Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Early detection Experts debate whether all pregnant women need to be tested for gestational diabetes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found insufficient evidence to recommend screening women with no risk factors for gestational diabetes. 1 But most doctors routinely test all pregnant women who are in their care. The American Diabetes Association recommends all women who are not ...

  2. Diabetic Retinopathy - Exams and Tests

    Diabetic retinopathy can be detected during an exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. An exam by your primary doctor, during which your eyes are not dilated, is not an adequate substitute for a full exam done by an ophthalmologist. Eye exams for peopl

  3. Diabetic Nephropathy - Topic Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar.

  4. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    Learn about the causes of type 1 diabetes.

  5. Diabetes Guide - Symptoms

    Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop quickly, over a few days to weeks, and are caused by blood sugar levels rising above the normal range (hyperglycemia).

  6. Type 1 Diabetes - Surgery

    Surgery for type 1 diabetes is done only in special situations.

  7. Diabetic Nephropathy - Exams and Tests

    Diabetic nephropathy is diagnosed using tests that check for a protein called albumin in the urine, which is an indicator of kidney damage.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    This topic provides general information about type 1 diabetes.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Medications

    Insulin is the only medication that can treat type 1 diabetes.

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

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

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