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  1. Insulin for Gestational Diabetes

    Drug details for Insulin for gestational diabetes.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Insulin Resistance - Topic Overview

    Insulin resistance refers to the inability of the body tissues to respond properly to insulin. Insulin lets sugar (glucose) enter body cells,where it is used for energy. Insulin also helps muscles,fat,and liver cells store sugar to be released when it is needed. If the body tissues do not respond properly to insulin,the blood sugar level rises. Insulin resistance causes the pancreas to ...

  4. Diabetes and Your Skin

    Learn more from WebMD about common skin complications that affect people with diabetes -- and how to keep them at bay.

  5. How Diabetes Causes Blindness - Topic Overview

    Over time,high blood sugar levels from diabetes lead to damage of the retina,the layer on the back of the eye that captures images and sends them as nerve signals to the brain. Whether diabetic retinopathy develops depends in part on how high blood sugar levels have been and how long they have been above a target range. Other things that may increase your risk for diabetic retinopathy include ...

  6. Blood Glucose

    A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods.

  7. Glycohemoglobin (HbA1c, A1c)

    Glycohemoglobin is a blood test that measures the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to hemoglobin. Normally, only a small percentage of hemoglobin in the blood (4% to 6%) has glucose bound to it.

  8. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Topic Overview

    When you have diabetes, you may experience high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. A cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels.

  9. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Health Tools

    Use these diabetes-related health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

  10. Diabetes in Children: Treating Low Blood Sugar

    Low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood of a person with diabetes drops below what the body needs to function normally. Taking too much insulin, not eating enough food or skipping meals, or exercising more than usual can cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly.If your child's blood sugar level drops very low and he or she does not get help, ..

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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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