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Diabetes Health Center

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  1. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Diagnosing type 2 diabetes includes testing for high blood sugar, learning if there are other causes of high blood sugar, and discovering what side effects diabetes has had on your body.Step 1: Do I have diabetes? Your doctor will diagnose type 2 diabetes based on your symptoms, risk factors, physical exam, and blood test results. Your blood sugar tests show if you have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance), or neither condition. If you don't have type 2 diabetes but you do have symptoms like being very tired, your doctor may look for other causes. Step 2: Is there another condition causing my diabetes? Sometimes there is a medical problem other than diabetes causing your high blood sugar. If so, you have secondary diabetes. For some people who have secondary diabetes, the diabetes goes away when the cause is eliminated.Step 3: Do I have type 2 diabetes?Treatment for diabetes is based on the type of the disease. There are two main types: type 1 and type 2.If your

  2. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

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

  3. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Because you have diabetes,you will need to be especially careful to protect your feet from injury. General precautions Wear shoes all the time. If you do not want to wear shoes indoors,wear slippers with hard soles and good support. Keep your shoes next to your bedside and slip them on your feet as soon as you get out of bed. This will help you develop the habit of wearing footwear and ...

  4. Diabetic Neuropathy - 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 ...

  5. Diabetic Neuropathy - Symptoms

    There are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy. The only sign of kidney damage may be small amounts of protein leaking into the urine (microalbuminuria).

  6. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    If your feet require specially designed shoes, ask your insurance plan about covering the cost of the shoes. Medicare will cover foot exams and special (orthotic) shoes or shoe inserts. Some medical supply shops specialize in designing custom-fitted shoes for people with diabetes who have abnormally shaped feet or pressure sores on their feet.ShoesGood shoes should fit well. To ensure that your shoes fit well:Buy shoes in the evening when your feet are more likely to be swollen. This will give you a better fit throughout the day.Tell the store clerk that you have diabetes. (If the clerk doesn't know why that matters, find a store with a clerk who does know.)Look for shoes that have roomy toe boxes (the space around the toes). Shoes with roomy toe boxes (not pointed toes) will help prevent bunions and blisters.Try on shoes wearing the kind of socks you will usually wear with the shoes.Good shoes should be made of comfortable materials. Good shoes are made of materials that are flexible

  7. Selective Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibitors (DPP-4 Inhibitors)

    Drug details for Selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4 inhibitors).

  8. Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors for type 2 diabetes.

  9. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Young children with type 1 diabetes aren't able to recognize when their blood sugar level is high or low and then tell an adult. And sometimes it's even hard for a parent to tell the difference.Some signs that may indicate high or low blood sugar in a very young child include:Irritability, anger, or crying.Paleness.Nervousness or trembling.Staring off or not responding when touched or spoken to.Dark urine with a strong sweet odor.Drowsiness or difficulty waking up.When you see changes in your child, do a home blood sugar test. It will show the actual blood sugar level, eliminating the guesswork.

  10. Diabetic Neuropathy - When to Call a Doctor

    The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for prediabetes-which may lead to type 2 diabetes-if you:4Are 45 years of age or older-particularly if you are overweight- and you have never had your blood glucose (sugar) tested or you have not been tested in more than 3 years.Are younger than 45, overweight (body mass index [BMI] of 25 or greater), and have one or more other risk factors ..

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