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    1. Diabetes and Your Skin

      Skin problems are common among people with diabetes. Learn the causes, symptoms, and treatments of various skin conditions that can arise if blood sugars are not under control.

    2. Foot Care for Diabetes

      Foot care tips for people with diabetes.

    3. Diabetes: A Skin-Care How-To

      Skin problems are common in people with diabetes, and WebMD gives you pointers for protecting yourself.

    4. Diabetes: Tests to Watch for Complications - Topic Overview

      People with diabetes have a greater risk for gum (periodontal) disease and infection. To help prevent dental problems,each day: Keep your blood sugar levels within your target range. Brush your teeth at least twice. Floss once,pressing the floss against your teeth and not your gums. Check for areas where your gums are red or painful. To help prevent dental problems,see your dentist every ...

    5. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Topic Overview

      Children with diabetes should participate in their treatment to the extent that is fitting for their age and experience with the disease. Toddlers and preschool-aged children usually aren't able to do tasks for diabetes care such as giving insulin or checking blood sugar. As children get older,they generally cooperate with these tasks. Children in elementary school can cooperate in all tasks ...

    6. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Topic Overview

      Over time,high blood sugar levels from diabetes lead to damage of the retina,the layer on the back of the eye that captures images and sends them as nerve signals to the brain. Whether diabetic retinopathy develops depends in part on how high blood sugar levels have been and how long they have been above a target range. Other things that may increase your risk for diabetic retinopathy include ...

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

      If your doctor thinks that you might have type 1 diabetes, he or she may ask questions about your symptoms, family history of the disease, and personal medical history. Questions for the medical history may include the following:Have you had increased thirst, increased urination, and fatigue?How long have the symptoms been present?Have you had an increase in appetite?Have you lost weight lately?Is there a family history of diabetes?What other medical conditions do you have?What medications are you are currently taking?Have you been ill recently?Has growth and development progressed normally (if the person is a child)?Your doctor will also give you a complete physical exam. You will continue having exams on a regular basis if you are diagnosed with this disease. The physical exam includes: Measuring your height and weight. Children and teens will have their height and weight compared to standards that are normal for their age groups. Checking your blood pressure. For adults, blood

    8. Screening for Gestational Diabetes - Topic Overview

      If your doctor suspects that you have prediabetes,he or she may ask the following questions about your family and medical history: Does your family have a history of type 2 diabetes or heart disease? Have you ever had gestational diabetes or delivered a baby that weighed more than 9 lb (4 kg) ? What medicines are you taking? Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension),high ...

    9. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

      The bloodstream carries glucose-a type of sugar produced from the digestion of carbohydrates and other foods-to provide energy to cells throughout the body. Unused glucose is stored mainly in the liver as glycogen. Insulin,glucagon and other hormone levels rise and fall to keep blood sugar in a normal range. Too little or too much of these hormones can cause blood sugar levels to fall too ...

    10. Macrovascular Diabetes Complications - Topic Overview

      Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is most common in people who have diabetes.

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