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    1. Prediabetes - Topic Overview

      How does alcohol affect diabetes? When you have diabetes,you need to be careful with alcohol. If you take insulin or pills for diabetes,drinking alcohol may cause low blood sugar. Too much alcohol can also affect your ability to know when your blood sugar is low and to treat it. Drinking alcohol can make you feel lightheaded at first and drowsy as you drink more,both of which may be ...

    2. Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet

      Our emotions influence what we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat. So, feelings can interfere with your ability to follow your diet for diabetes.If you feel that certain foods, such as chocolate cake, are "bad, " you may feel guilty after eating a piece.If you are angry because you think you can't eat the foods you like, you may feel resentful.If you are afraid that you may gain weight or ...

    3. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about hypoglycemia: What is hypoglycemia? How does the body control blood sugar? What are some common causes of low blood sugar? What medicines can cause low blood sugar? Being diagnosed: How is a glucose test done? Getting treatment: What is the emergency treatment for low blood sugar? What are quick-sugar foods? ...

    4. Diabetic Neuropathy - What Happens

      Being diagnosed with prediabetes is a warning sign that you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Each year about 4% to 9% of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.2, 3 Although you may still be healthy, moderate and persistent elevated blood sugar levels greatly increase your risk for developing diabetes and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease. Compared to ...

    5. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Diabetes: Should I Get Pregnant?

    6. Laser Photocoagulation for Diabetic Retinopathy

      Laser photocoagulation uses the heat from a laser to seal or destroy abnormal, leaking blood vessels in the retina. One of two approaches may be used when treating diabetic retinopathy:Focal photocoagulation. Focal treatment is used to seal specific leaking blood vessels in a small area of the retina, usually near the macula. The ophthalmologist identifies individual blood vessels for treatment ..

    7. Type 2 Diabetes: Can You Cure It? - Topic Overview

      Can you reverse type 2 diabetes? Can you cure it? Diabetes can go into remission. When diabetes is in remission, you have no signs or symptoms of it. But your risk of relapse is higher than normal.1 That's why you make the same daily healthy choices that you do for active type 2 diabetes.Is there a cure for diabetes?There is no known cure for type 2 diabetes. But it can be controlled. And in some cases, it goes into remission. Keys to control For some people, a diabetes-healthy lifestyle is enough to control their blood sugar levels. That means losing weight if you are overweight, eating healthy foods, and being more active. But most people with type 2 diabetes also need to take one or more medicines or insulin. What is remission? Of those people who don't need diabetes medicine, some find that their diabetes does reverse with weight control, diabetes-healthy eating, and exercise. Their bodies are still able to make and use insulin, and their blood sugar levels go back to normal.

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

      If you are a woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who is planning to become pregnant, meet with your doctor. Your doctor will want to talk to you about your A1c goal, your medicine for diabetes, your weight, and getting enough folic acid. Your doctor will want to make sure that you are up to date with immunizations. And you'll want to have your cholesterol, thyroid, eyes, and blood pressure checked to see if you need treatment changes. Your diabetes puts your developing baby at risk for birth defects. This is especially true if you don't keep your blood sugar in a target range during the early part of pregnancy. And during pregnancy, your high blood sugar can cause your baby to be very large. This will make delivery hard for both of you. After delivery, your baby is more likely to have jaundice. High blood sugar during your pregnancy causes your baby to make extra insulin. After delivery, your baby may continue to make too much insulin and be at risk for low blood sugar. Many women

    9. 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

    10. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - 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: Preventing High Blood Sugar Emergencies

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