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  1. Diabetic Retinopathy - Topic Overview

    What is prediabetes?Prediabetes is also referred to as impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. It is a warning sign that you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Most people who develop type 2 diabetes have prediabetes first. Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin or does not respond to it properly. Over time, ...

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Children who take insulin are at risk of hypoglycemia during and after exercise. But with good planning and awareness,a child can exercise and participate in sports safely. Good planning means checking blood sugars before,during,and after exercise. Then,you can keep a record of how exercise affects your child's blood sugars. Remember that each child will react to exercise differently. ...

  3. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Medicines that can raise blood sugar in a person who has diabetes include:Barbiturates.Thiazide diuretics.Corticosteroids.Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and progesterone.Catecholamines.Decongestants that contain beta-adrenergic agents, such as pseudoephedrine.The B vitamin niacin. The risk of high blood sugar from niacin lowers after you have taken it for a few months.The antipsychotic medicine olanzapine (Zyprexa).

  4. Diabetes: Using a Plate Format to Plan Meals

    A plate format is a simple way to plan a balanced diet. It helps people with diabetes see how much space each food should take on a plate. Anyone can use the plate format to maintain a healthful diet and to decrease the chances of having heart disease and other conditions.Key pointsUsing a plate format will help you spread carbohydrate throughout the day, which will help keep your blood sugar ...

  5. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    If your doctor thinks that you might have type 1 diabetes, he or she may ask questions about your symptoms, family history of the disease, and personal medical history. Questions for the medical history may include the following:Have you had increased thirst, increased urination, and fatigue?How long have the symptoms been present?Have you had an increase in appetite?Have you lost weight lately?Is there a family history of diabetes?What other medical conditions do you have?What medications are you are currently taking?Have you been ill recently?Has growth and development progressed normally (if the person is a child)?Your doctor will also give you a complete physical exam. You will continue having exams on a regular basis if you are diagnosed with this disease. The physical exam includes: Measuring your height and weight. Children and teens will have their height and weight compared to standards that are normal for their age groups. Checking your blood pressure. For adults, blood

  6. Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Don't Use Insulin

    Carbohydrate counting is a skill that can help you plan your diet to manage type 2 diabetes and control your blood sugar. This technique helps you determine the amount of sugar and starch (carbohydrate) in the foods you eat so you can spread carbohydrate throughout the day, preventing high blood sugar after meals. Carbohydrate counting gives you the flexibility to eat what you want and increases .

  7. Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors for type 2 diabetes.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes

    Learn the basics about type 1 diabetes from WebMD.

  9. Blood Sugar Levels for Young Children With Diabetes

    This simple chart shows target blood sugar levels for before and after meals, after fasting, before exercise, and at bedtime, as well as an A1c target.

  10. Blood Sugar Levels for Kids and Teens With Diabetes

    This simple chart shows target blood sugar levels for before and after meals, after fasting, before exercise, and at bedtime, as well as an A1c target.

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