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  4. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) - Topic Overview

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  7. Guidelines for Buying and Using Diabetes Supplies

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  8. Diabetes in Children: Preventing High Blood Sugar

    High blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, 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 oral diabetes medication or insulin injection, eating too much, skipping physical activity, or illness or stress. The rapid growth during the teen years can also make it more difficult to keep your child's blood

  9. Diabetes: Urine Test for Sugar - Topic Overview

    Sugar (glucose) normally is not found in urine. However,when blood sugar levels rise well above a target range-which occurs in diabetes -the kidneys often release some of the excess sugar from the blood into the urine. In pregnant women,the kidneys sometimes release sugar into the urine even when blood sugar levels are within a safe range. You can test urine for sugar by using plastic strips ...

  10. Type 2 Diabetes: Screening for Children - Topic Overview

    Starting at age 10 or at the beginning of puberty,a child who has a body mass index (BMI) in the 85th percentile or higher for his or her age-or whose weight is more than 120% of ideal-and who has two of the following risk factors needs to be tested for type 2 diabetes every 3 years: 1 A parent,brother,or sister with type 2 diabetes Hispanic,African-American,Native American,Asian-American,...

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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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