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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. Diabetes Guide - Prevention

    Preventing type 1 diabetes: Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes; however, ongoing studies are exploring ways to prevent diabetes in those who are most likely to develop it.

  2. Diabetes Guide - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests for type 1 diabetes.

  3. Diabetic Retinopathy - Cause

    Learn about diabetic retinopathy and why it occurs.

  4. Albumin Urine Test

    A microalbumin test evaluates urine for the presence of a protein called albumin.

  5. Diabetic Retinopathy - Topic Overview

    What is diabetic retinopathy? Many people with diabetes develop a problem with their eyes called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the retina.

  6. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    Learn about the causes of type 1 diabetes.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes - What Happens

    Type 1 diabetes develops because the body destroys the beta cells in the islet tissue of the pancreas that produce insulin. The rate at which the beta cells are destroyed varies.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for Pregnancy

    Talk to your doctor if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and are planning to get pregnant, to make sure that both you and your baby are healthy.

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