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  1. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Read about risk factors for very high or low blood sugar levels in children with type 1 diabetes.

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - Home Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to work closely with their health professional to find the right balance of diet, insulin, and exercise to keep their blood sugar levels within a target range.

  3. Type 1 Diabetes - 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: Checking Your Blood Sugar Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar From Insulin Diabetes: Giving Yourself an Insulin Shot Diabetes: Living With an Insulin Pump Diabetes: Preventing High Blood Sugar Emergencies Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet Diabetes: Using a Plate Format to Plan Meals Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for PregnancyInteractive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more. Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?

  4. Diabetic Retinopathy - Health Tools

    This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding retinopathy.

  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. Type 1 Diabetes - Medications

    People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day because their pancreas does not produce it. Insulin helps blood sugar (glucose) enter the body's cells to be used for energy.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Treatment Overview

    The goal ofchildren's treatment for type 1 diabetes is to always keep his or her blood sugar levels within a target range.

  8. 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.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Medications

    Insulin is the only medication that can treat type 1 diabetes.

  10. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes.

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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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