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  1. 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.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if: A person is losing consciousness or becomes unconscious and you notice that his or her breath has a fruity odor. He or she may have the life - threatening chemical imbalance diabetic ketoacidosis.

  3. Type 1 Diabetes - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar From Insulin Diabetes: Giving Yourself an Insulin Shot Diabetes: Living With an Insulin Pump Diabetes: Preventing High Blood Sugar Emergencies Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet Diabetes: Using a Plate Format to Plan Meals Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for PregnancyInteractive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more. Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?

  4. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - When To Call a Doctor

    If your child has not been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: Call a health professional if: Your child has one or more of the common symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, and slight weight loss.

  5. Diabetes Guide - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests for type 1 diabetes.

  6. 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).

  7. Type 1 Diabetes - What Happens

    Type 1 diabetes develops because the body destroys the beta cells in the islet tissue of the pancreas that produce insulin. The rate at which the beta cells are destroyed varies.

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

    An overview of type 1 diabetes in children.

  9. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    Learn about the causes of type 1 diabetes.

  10. 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.

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