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  2. Diabetes and Exercise: Ideas to Get You Moving

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  3. Diabetes: Items You Need to Manage Your Health

    If you or a loved one has diabetes, it's important to have diabetes essentials on hand. Use this list from WebMD to gather what you need in case of emergency.

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

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  5. Albumin Urine Test

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  6. Diabetes Guide - Prevention

    Preventing type 1 diabetes: Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes; however, ongoing studies are exploring ways to prevent diabetes in those who are most likely to develop it.

  7. Diabetic Retinopathy - Treatment Overview

    There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before the retina has been severely damaged.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    This topic provides general information about type 1 diabetes.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

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.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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