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  1. 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) ...

  2. Diagnosis of Diabetes

    WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Pancreas Transplant Surgery for Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Pancreas transplant surgery is a surgical treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. The person's pancreas is not removed. The transplanted pancreas is placed in the front part of the abdomen. Insulin from the transplanted pancreas is released into the bloodstream through the lower abdominal blood vessels (veins). See a picture of a pancreas transplant. When the surgery is successful,the ...

  6. Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing - Topic Overview

    Because you have diabetes,you need to wash your feet carefully each day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom. Wash and dry your feet Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water temperature with your wrists,not your feet. You can soak your feet for about 10 minutes if you want to. Wash all areas of your feet,especially the underside of your toes and between them. ...

  7. Diabetes: How to Give Glucagon - Topic Overview

    This information is for people who may need to give a person with diabetes an injection of glucagon during a low blood sugar emergency. If you find someone with diabetes unconscious and suspect low blood sugar,do not take time to check the person's blood sugar level before giving him or her glucagon. You will do no harm by giving him or her glucagon,even if his or her blood sugar level turns ...

  8. Choosing an Insulin Pump - Topic Overview

    Most insulin pumps have the same basic features: The ability to program more than one basal rate: for example,a rate for work days,a rate for days off,a rate for working the night shift. The ability to set a temporary basal rate: for example,you can tell your pump to give you less insulin while you go for a jog. Several meal bolus options. (A bolus is an extra amount of insulin.) Basic ...

  9. Diabetes: Travel Tips - Topic Overview

    Travel can make it hard to keep your blood sugar within your target range because of changes in time zones,meal schedules,and types of foods available. Check your blood sugar level more often during your time away from home. Whenever you need to see a doctor away from home,let him or her know you have diabetes. And always wear medical identification. In an emergency,medical identification ...

  10. Topic Overview

    Some medicines for other conditions can lower your blood sugar level or can interfere with whether you develop symptoms of low blood sugar. This is a concern when you have diabetes. Talk with your doctor before taking any new medicine. Medicines that can lower your blood sugar level include: Medicines to reduce fever and relieve pain,such as salicylate medicines like aspirin. Medicines to ...

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