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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. 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.

  2. Alternative Treatments for Diabetes

    WebMD gives you information about the use of alternative treatments like herbs and supplements for diabetes.

  3. Diabetes and Skin Care

    Skin problems are common in people with diabetes, and WebMD gives you pointers for protecting yourself.

  4. Guidelines for Buying and Using Diabetes Supplies

    WebMD helps you buy and use the diabetes supplies you need, including meters, pumps, lancets, test strips, medication, and more.

  5. How to Use the Glycemic Index

    The glycemic index is a way to tell slower-acting "good carbs" from faster "bad carbs." Use it to fine-tune your carb-counting and steady your blood sugar.

  6. Meralgia Paresthetica

    Pain, burning, and numbness in your outer thigh may mean you have this common nerve condition.

  7. Diabetes and Smoking

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

  8. Acquired Lipodystrophy

    Lipodystrophy is a problem with the way your body uses and stores fat. It changes the way you look and can cause serious complications. It's called acquired lipodystrophy when you aren't born with it.

  9. Checking Blood Sugar and Avoiding Diabetes Complications

    High blood sugar levels can increase your risk for a host of diabetes complications. Learn about the primary tests available for monitoring your blood sugar levels.

  10. Non-Insulin Diabetes Injectables

    WebMD gives an overview of the injectable diabetes drugs other than insulin that are used to control blood glucose.

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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

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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However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

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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