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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. Reading Food Labels When You Have Diabetes

    Being able to read and understand food and nutrition labels is essential, especially for those with diabetes. WebMD explains how to interpret the Nutrition Facts label on your packaged foods.

  2. Skin Problems in Diabetes

    Learn more about the many common skin problems that can come with diabetes.

  3. Traveling With Diabetes

    Tips for traveling with diabetes that will help you stay well and enjoy your trip.

  4. What Is Prediabetes?

    Prediabetes has no symptoms yet is usually present before a person develops type 2 diabetes. Find out if you're at risk for prediabetes.

  5. Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep

    People who have diabetes often have poor sleep problems. Find out why and what can be done about it.

  6. Your Diabetes Care Team

    If you have diabetes, learn from the experts at WebMD about the people that you should have on your diabetes care team.

  7. Preventing Diabetes Complications

    Understanding some common complications of diabetes can let you recognize the early warning signs and take action to prevent more serious problems.

  8. Natural Remedies for Type 2 Diabetes

    Are natural remedies safe and effective for treating type 2 diabetes? Read more about herbs, dietary supplements, acupuncture, biofeedback, and more.

  9. The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Test for Diabetes

    Find out why the hemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c) is so important for people with diabetes.

  10. How to Prevent Diabetes Complications

    Understanding some common complications of diabetes -- such as erectile dysfunction, vision problems, and infections -- can let you recognize the early warning signs.

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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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Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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