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  1. 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.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - Home Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to work closely with their health professional to find the right balance of diet, insulin, and exercise to keep their blood sugar levels within a target range.

  3. Diabetes Guide - Symptoms

    Many women are surprised to learn they have gestational diabetes because they have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms from gestational diabetes, they may include:Increased thirst.Increased urination.Increased hunger.Blurred vision.Pregnancy causes most women to have to urinate more often and to feel more hungry, so having these symptoms does not always mean that a woman has gestational ...

  4. 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 ..

  5. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Treatment Overview

    Treatment of type 2 diabetes in children focuses on keeping blood sugar levels within a target range.

  6. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Medications

    The same medications are used to treat adults and children with type 2 diabetes. These medications increase insulin production, make the body better able to use insulin (decrease insulin resistance), or slow the intestinal absorption of carbohydrate.

  7. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Other Treatment

    Children who have type 2 diabetes should not try to lose weight by following a fad diet or by enrolling in a quick-fix weight loss program.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for type 1 diabetes include: Family history of type 1 diabetes.

  9. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Surgery

    When obesity is severe in older adolescents with type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass or other similar surgery may be considered as a last resort.

  10. Diabetes Guide - Prevention

    In some women, gestational diabetes cannot be prevented. However, you may be able to lower your chance of getting gestational diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight and not gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Regular exercise can also help keep your blood sugar level within a safe range and prevent gestational diabetes.If you have had gestational diabetes, you are at risk of developing it

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