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  1. Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, you might also suffer from peripheral neuropathy. WebMD tells you more about managing the pain with diet and exercise.

  2. Diabetes Drugs

    The experts at WebMD provide a list of common diabetes drugs.

  3. The Truth About Sweets and Diabetes

    Sweets are off-limits to people with diabetes, right? Get the facts from the experts on this and other diabetes myths.

  4. Type 1 Diabetes: Test Schedule 3 to 5 Years After Diagnosis - Topic Overview

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that you have these additional exams and tests every year after you have had type 1 diabetes for 3 to 5 years. 1 Exams and tests done annually after having diabetes for 3 to 5 years When to start Name of tests After having diabetes for 3 to 5 years Visit an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for a dilated eye exam ( ophthalmoscopy ). If you are at low ...

  5. Types of Insulin - Topic Overview

    Insulin is used to treat people with diabetes. Each type of insulin acts over a specific amount of time. The amount of time can be affected by exercise,diet,illness,some medicines,stress,the dose,and where the insulin has been injected. Insulin is made by different companies. Make sure you use the same type of insulin consistently. Types of insulin Type Examples Appearance When it ...

  6. Diabetes: Differences Between Type 1 and 2 - Topic Overview

    In general,people with diabetes either have a total lack of insulin ( type 1 diabetes ) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively ( type 2 diabetes ). Type 1 diabetes (formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes),accounts for 5% to 10% of all people with diabetes. 1 In type 1 diabetes,the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin,...

  7. Diabetes: Protecting Your Feet - 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 ...

  8. Type 1 Diabetes: Cholesterol Levels - Topic Overview

    Cholesterol (or lipid) problems in people with type 1 diabetes are usually related to the lack of insulin. Lack of insulin increases the level of triglycerides. Normally,insulin makes a certain enzyme that removes triglycerides from the blood. When insulin is used to treat high blood sugar,the triglyceride level goes back to normal. A lack of insulin (and the high blood sugar that results) ...

  9. Diabetes: New Treatments - Topic Overview

    In recent years,the research into new treatments and cures for diabetes has shown promise. Research also offers hope that diabetes will become easier to monitor and treat,or even that a cure may be found in the near future. But all of these treatments are experimental. Treatment areas currently being explored include: Blood sugar monitoring technologies. Dietary therapies. Insulin ...

  10. Quick Tips: Diabetes and Shift Work - Get Started

    Managing diabetes is all about setting a healthy routine of medicine,eating,exercise,and sleep. But when you work night shifts or have changing work shifts,it can seem like there’s nothing at all routine about your life. It’s definitely more of a chore to manage diabetes under such conditions,but it can be done. These tips may help. Get organized Talk to your doctor,diabetes ...

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