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    Drug details for Amylinomimetics for diabetes.

  2. Diabetes: Preventing High Blood Sugar Emergencies

    High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) in diabetes occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood rises above normal. For a person who has diabetes, high blood sugar may be caused by missed diabetes medication (insulin or pills), eating too many calories, skipping exercise, or by illness or stress.Unlike low blood sugar, high blood sugar usually develops slowly over hours or days. Blood sugar ...

  3. Insulin for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Insulin for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  4. Urine Test for Ketones - Topic Overview

    Ketones are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy. Normally, your body gets the energy it needs from glucose (sugar). If your body cannot use glucose for energy—for example, if your body doesn't make or use insulin—ketones are formed. You might also have ketones if you are not eating enough carbohydrates and your body uses fat for energy instead. Your body wants to get rid of ketones through urine. Ketones in urine is most common in people who have type 1 diabetes. It is an early sign that there is not enough insulin, and blood sugar may be dangerously high. This can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, a very serious medical problem.You can test your urine for ketones at home using specially prepared tablets or plastic strips.Collect a urine sample in a clean container.Follow the manufacturer's directions on the bottle of test strips or tablets.If either the test strip or the urine changes color when the tablet is dropped into the sample, ketones are

  5. Diabetes in Men

    Type 2 diabetes -- once called "adult onset diabetes" -- is on the rise, especially among men. Here’s an overview of the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of diabetes.

  6. Inhaled Insulin

    Inhaled insulin can be an effective method of insulin delivery for diabetes patients. Find out how it works and why this method is not yet available.

  7. Safe Exercise After an Organ Transplant

    WebMD gives you tips on returning to exercise and an active lifestyle after your organ transplant.

  8. Blood Glucose

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

  9. Diabetes Sick Days

    If you have diabetes and are sick with a cold, flu, or stomach bug, find out the steps to take to get well quickly and prevent complications.

  10. Diabetes and Smoking

    Smoking is a killer for people with diabetes. Here are tips on how to quit.

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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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