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  1. Diabetic Neuropathy - Health Tools

    Use these diabetic neuropathy health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

  2. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Take care of your supplies so that you can test your blood sugar safely and get the most accurate blood sugar results. These results will be used to evaluate your treatment for diabetes.Meters. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer about how to care for the meter. All meters can be damaged by being dropped or jarred and by exposure to very hot or very cold temperatures. Some meters need to be cleaned regularly and have their batteries changed periodically.Lancets. Lancets must be thrown away safely after they are used. Do not put lancets into your household wastebasket or trash can; a used lancet might accidentally stick someone. Put your used lancets in a plastic container (such as a small, empty soda pop bottle or laundry detergent bottle) and seal it when it is three-quarters full. Check with your local trash disposal agency about how you need to dispose of lancets. Some agencies have special ways to get rid of this type of waste.Strips. Protect the test strips from

  3. Gastroparesis - Topic Overview

    When you have diabetes,stress can cause your blood glucose levels to change rapidly and unexpectedly. Stress can affect your body's blood glucose levels in two ways. It changes the way your body handles insulin. It can cause you to change the way you take care of yourself. Stress can be mental or physical. Each type of stress causes a similar chemical reaction in your body. For some ...

  4. Gastroparesis - Topic Overview

    What is gastroparesis?Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach requires significantly more than its normal 1½ to 2 hours to empty. The delay results in bothersome and possibly serious symptoms because digestion is altered.What causes gastroparesis?Gastroparesis occurs when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or don't work. Diabetes is the most common cause. Other causes include some ...

  5. Gastroparesis - Topic Overview

    Sometimes complications develop even when risk factors such as blood sugar level and blood pressure have been controlled. But following your treatment to control your blood sugar levels is still an important part of your treatment.The most common serious complications from diabetes are coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and foot disease. All diabetes complications can require specialized medical treatment depending on their severity. Some of these conditions, such as CAD, may be adequately managed by your primary care doctor. If the disease progresses, you may need to see a specialist.Symptoms of diabetes complications can develop when you have prediabetes, diabetes that has not been diagnosed early, and even diabetes that has been treated. Complications of diabetes and symptoms of serious problemsComplication of diabetesConsequencesSymptomsSmall blood vessel (microvascular) diseases Weakening of small blood vessels called capillaries causes blood to

  6. Diabetic Neuropathy - 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

  7. Sulfonylureas for Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Sulfonylureas for type 2 diabetes.

  8. Diabetic Neuropathy - 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 ...

  9. Gastroparesis - Topic Overview

    To be diagnosed with diabetes, you must meet one of the following criteria:1Have symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, increased urination, and unexplained weight loss) and a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). The blood sugar test is done at any time, without regard for when you last ate (random plasma glucose test or random blood sugar test).Have a fasting blood sugar level that is equal to or greater than 126 mg/dL. A fasting blood sugar test (fasting plasma glucose) is done after not eating or drinking anything but water for 8 hours.Have a 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) result that is equal to or greater than 200 mg/dL. An OGTT is most commonly done to check for diabetes that occurs with pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Have a hemoglobin A1c that is 6.5% or higher.The diagnosis of diabetes needs to be confirmed by repeating the same blood sugar test or doing a different test on another day. If the results of your fasting

  10. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Blood vessel and nerve damage associated with diabetes can lead to serious infections that are extremely difficult to treat. Often the first place you have a problem is your feet. When you lose the ability to feel your toes and feet,you are more likely to injure them without knowing it. Even a minor injury,such as a small cut,can develop into an ulcer and a serious infection. Infections of ...

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