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

    A child with type 1 diabetes needs to visit his or her doctor at least every 3 to 4 months. During these visits, the doctor reviews your child's blood sugar level records and asks about any problems you and your child may have.

  2. Diabetic Nephropathy - 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).

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

    An overview of type 1 diabetes in children.

  4. Diabetes Guide - Symptoms

    Many women are surprised to learn they have gestational diabetes because they have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms from gestational diabetes, they may include:Increased thirst.Increased urination.Increased hunger.Blurred vision.Pregnancy causes most women to have to urinate more often and to feel more hungry, so having these symptoms does not always mean that a woman has gestational ...

  5. Diabetic Retinopathy - Surgery

    Surgical removal of the vitreous gel (vitrectomy) is one of only two effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy. Laser treatment is the other.

  6. Diabetic Retinopathy - Other Treatment

    Laser treatment (photocoagulation) can be an effective treatment for diabetic retinopathy, but it does not cure the disease. It can prevent, delay, and sometimes reverse vision loss.

  7. Diabetic Retinopathy - Exams and Tests

    Diabetic retinopathy can be detected during an exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. An exam by your primary doctor, during which your eyes are not dilated, is not an adequate substitute for a full exam done by an ophthalmologist. Eye exams for peopl

  8. Diabetic Retinopathy - Prevention

    There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy and its complications: Control your blood sugar levels. Long - term studies show that keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible reduces the risk of

  9. Diabetes Guide - Prevention

    In some women, gestational diabetes cannot be prevented. However, you may be able to lower your chance of getting gestational diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight and not gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Regular exercise can also help keep your blood sugar level within a safe range and prevent gestational diabetes.If you have had gestational diabetes, you are at risk of developing it

  10. Type 1 Diabetes - Surgery

    Surgery for type 1 diabetes is done only in special situations.

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