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    1. Screening for Gestational Diabetes - Prevention

      If you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, you can take steps to prevent this condition as well as the progression to full - blown type 2 diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar within the target range is the best way to prevent prediabetes. You can play a key role in controlling your blood sugar levels by:Losing weight if you are overweight. Studies have shown that losing just 5% to 10% of .

    2. Macrovascular Diabetes Complications - Topic Overview

      You may find it difficult to stay motivated to manage your diabetes appropriately. The following suggestions may help.Set goals and provide positive reinforcementPraise and reward yourself for the things you do right. Use nonfood rewards, such as clothing, sports equipment, books, a golf trip, or a movie night. Engage in positive self-talk instead of being negative or critical of yourself. Set short-term goals for healthy eating habits and exercise.Seek supportSurround yourself with people who encourage and motivate you. Sources of support may include:Health professionals. Friends. Family. An exercise buddy or program. An organized diabetes support group.Look for opportunities to attend meetings or classes where you can receive new diabetes information or simply receive reinforcement of concepts that are already familiar to you. Keep in contact with your doctors. Let them know if you are having difficulties with any area of your care, or if something has changed in your health or

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

    4. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

      A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can be difficult to deal with at any age,but it can be particularly hard for a child. Children face special emotional and physical challenges in dealing with their disease. Your child will probably experience a wide range of emotions,which may change from minute to minute. Be sure you are as supportive as possible as your child learns how to manage the disease ...

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

    6. Macrovascular Diabetes Complications - Topic Overview

      Even though you have diabetes, you can have the same success with breast-feeding as any other woman. Breast-feeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical specialist organizations, because it benefits the mother and the infant. Make sure your diabetes care team and other members of the health care team know before the birth that you are planning to breast-feed.Nutritional requirements of breast-feedingNutrition is one key to a healthy, successful breast-feeding experience. Taking care of a new baby may change when and how you eat. So you might need to test your blood sugar more often and adjust your diabetes medicines.Eat a nutritious diet and be sure you are getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D.Your body is using energy making breast milk, so you might have more low blood sugars. Eat a snack before or during nursing or before naps to prevent hypoglycemia. A registered dietitian can help you tailor your meal plan to meet your nutritional

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

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

    8. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Topic Overview

      The teen years may be the most difficult time for a young person with diabetes and his or her parents. The normal cycle of rapid growth spurts and periods of slow growth along with the normal teenager behaviors of going to bed late, sleeping late, and eating meals at varying times makes it hard to keep a teenager's blood sugar level consistently within his or her target range. Eating fast foods often also makes following a balanced diet and weight management difficult for a teen.Your teenager may be very mature and assume appropriate responsibility for his or her diabetes care. If so, your job as a parent of providing appropriate supervision will be relatively easy. On the other hand, teenager rebellion is normal. Your teen who has diabetes may rebel by lashing out at you for the ups and downs of the disease. Try to be empathetic, and imagine the feelings of fear, sadness, anger, and even guilt your teen may be feeling. Your teenager with diabetes may rebel by:Skipping insulin doses

    9. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Exams and Tests

      Diabetic nephropathy is diagnosed using tests that check for a protein called albumin in the urine, which is an indicator of kidney damage.

    10. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

      Sugar (glucose) normally is not found in urine. However,when blood sugar levels rise well above a target range-which occurs in diabetes -the kidneys often release some of the excess sugar from the blood into the urine. In pregnant women,the kidneys sometimes release sugar into the urine even when blood sugar levels are within a safe range. You can test urine for sugar by using plastic strips ...

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