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  1. Diabetes and Pregnancy

    Managing a pregnancy if you have diabetes means carefully monitoring medications, diet, and your baby's size. WebMD explains how to keep yourself and your unborn baby healthy.

  2. Helping a Loved One Live With Diabetes

    WebMD looks at ways caregivers can help a person with diabetes manage the illness and find emotional support.

  3. Planning a Pregnancy With Diabetes

    If you have diabetes and are planning to get pregnant, you will want to make lifestyle changes and your doctor will want to perform certain tests to make sure you don't put yourself or your future child at risk. WebMD explains.

  4. When Your Blood Sugar Gets Too Low

    WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, a common problem in people with diabetes.

  5. The Risks and Complications of Uncontrolled Diabetes

    Uncontrolled high blood sugar can lead to a host of diabetes complications. Find out from WebMD how to prevent them.

  6. 6 Ways to Tame Stress When You Have Diabetes

    Get tips to help you reduce stress, which can have a big impact on your health if you have diabetes.

  7. Questions for Your Doctor About Long-Acting Insulin

    Take these questions to your next appointment to learn more about your treatment.

  8. Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep

    People who have diabetes often have poor sleep problems. Find out why and what can be done about it.

  9. Your Diabetes Care Team

    If you have diabetes, learn from the experts at WebMD about the people that you should have on your diabetes care team.

  10. Preventing Diabetes Complications

    Understanding some common complications of diabetes -- such as erectile dysfunction, vision problems, and infections -- can let you recognize the early warning signs.

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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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