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  1. 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 ...

  2. Insulin for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

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

  3. 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

  4. Safe Exercise After an Organ Transplant

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

  5. Blood Glucose

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

  6. Causes and Treatments of Diabetic Retinopathy

    WebMD examines the causes and treatments of diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes that affects vision.

  7. 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.

  8. Can You Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

    Changing lifestyle habits such as eating a healthier diet and increasing physical activity -- with or without weight loss -- goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

  9. Diabetic Retinopathy

    Learn more about diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness and a common complication of diabetes.

  10. Diabetes and Eye Problems

    Learn more about diabetic retinopathy and other eye problems that can be a complication of diabetes.

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