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  1. Eye Health and Diabetic Retinopathy

    WebMD explains diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that occurs as a result of high blood sugar in those with diabetes and can cause blindness.

  2. Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

    Learn more from WebMD about the oral glucose tolerance test, which is used to diagnose prediabetes, diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

  3. Diabetes Complications

    Understanding some common complications of diabetes can help you recognize the early warning signs and take action to prevent more serious problems. Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

  4. Storing Insulin and Prefilling Syringes - Topic Overview

    Insulin can become damaged and ineffective if it is not stored properly.Unopened insulin that is packaged in small glass bottles (vials) should be stored in the refrigerator.Insulin that is packaged in small cartridges (containing several doses) is more stable. It may be kept unrefrigerated, but it will last longer if it is kept in the refrigerator. Insulin cartridges are used in pen-shaped devices (insulin pens) with attached disposable needles.Always read the insulin package information that tells the best way to store your insulin. You can keep open bottles with you if you keep them in a dark place. The bottles should not be exposed to temperatures below 36°F (2.2°C) or above 86°F (30°C). Never leave insulin in the sun or in your hot car, because sunlight and heat reduces the strength of the insulin.Avoid shaking insulin bottles and cartridges too much to prevent loss of medicine strength and to prevent clumping, frosting, or particles settling out. Follow the storage

  5. Diabetes: Giving Yourself an Insulin Shot

    If you have type 1 diabetes-or if you have type 2 diabetes and oral medications are not controlling your blood sugar-you have to take insulin. If you have gestational diabetes, you may need to take insulin if diet and exercise have not been able to keep your blood sugar levels within your target range.With little or no insulin, sugar (glucose) in the blood cannot enter your cells to be used for ..

  6. Insulin for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Insulin for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  7. Tracking Devices for Diabetes Patients

    Which types of trackers help people with diabetes monitor their health? Get familiar with various types and features.

  8. Trend Report: High-Tech Glucose Monitoring

    What you need to know about the types of glucometers and how to choose the best one for you.

  9. How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

    Guilt, self-blame, fatigue, boredom -- all of these can creep in as you take care of type 2 diabetes day after day. Learn how to be kind to yourself and stay positive -- it will help your health in the long run.

  10. Gestational Diabetes: Counting Carbs

    Carbohydrate counting is the best way to help control your blood sugar when you have gestational diabetes.Key pointsCarbohydrate counting helps you determine the amount of sugar and starch (carbohydrate) in the foods you eat. This is important because carbohydrate affects your blood sugar more than fats or proteins.Carbohydrate counting involves learning how to spread out the amount of ...

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