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  1. Eye Care for People With Diabetes

    People with diabetes need to pay special attention to eye care. WebMD gives tips on reducing the risk of serious vision problems.

  2. Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetes, and Your Feet

    Peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes can be a big problem for your feet. Find out from the experts at WebMD how to prevent foot problems with proper foot care.

  3. Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, you might also suffer from peripheral neuropathy. WebMD tells you more about managing the pain with diet and exercise.

  4. 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) ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Diabetes can affect the body's immune system,impairing the ability of white blood cells to come to the site of an infection,stay in the infected area,and kill microorganisms. Because of the buildup of plaque in blood vessels associated with diabetes,areas of infection may receive a poor blood supply,further decreasing the body's ability to fight infections and heal wounds. Common ...

  6. Diabetes: Differences Between Type 1 and 2 - Topic Overview

    In general,people with diabetes either have a total lack of insulin ( type 1 diabetes ) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively ( type 2 diabetes ). Type 1 diabetes (formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes),accounts for 5% to 10% of all people with diabetes. 1 In type 1 diabetes,the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin,...

  7. Diagnosis of Diabetes

    WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes.

  8. Diabetes: Amputation for Foot Problems - Topic Overview

    Blood vessel and nerve damage associated with diabetes can lead to serious infections that are extremely difficult to treat. Often the first place you have a problem is your feet. When you lose the ability to feel your toes and feet,you are more likely to injure them without knowing it. Even a minor injury,such as a small cut,can develop into an ulcer and a serious infection. Infections of ...

  9. Type 1 Diabetes: Test Schedule 3 to 5 Years After Diagnosis - Topic Overview

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that you have these additional exams and tests every year after you have had type 1 diabetes for 3 to 5 years. 1 Exams and tests done annually after having diabetes for 3 to 5 years When to start Name of tests After having diabetes for 3 to 5 years Visit an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for a dilated eye exam ( ophthalmoscopy ). If you are at low ...

  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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