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  1. Diabetes and Your Weight: Healthy Weight Loss Tips

    For people with diabetes, losing weight improves blood sugar levels, helps with weight loss, and may allow for a reduction in medications. WebMD tells you how to start a program that will work for you.

  2. Diabetes and Exercise: What's Stopping You?

    A look at six obstacles to exercise when you have diabetes, and how to get motivated to move.

  3. Diabetes and Alcohol

    Learn more from WebMD about how drinking alcohol affects diabetes.

  4. Dental Problems and Diabetes

    Having diabetes can affect your teeth and gums. Learn more from WebMD about how to reduce the risk of gum disease and infection.

  5. Tips for Dining Out With Diabetes

    WebMD gives you tips for dining out at restaurants if you have diabetes.

  6. Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

    Learn more from WebMD about the oral glucose tolerance test, which is used to diagnose prediabetes, diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

  7. Tracking Devices for Diabetes Patients

    Which types of trackers help people with diabetes monitor their health? Get familiar with various types and features.

  8. Trend Report: High-Tech Glucose Monitoring

    What you need to know about the types of glucometers and how to choose the best one for you.

  9. S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss With Type 2 Diabetes

    How to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for type 2 diabetes.

  10. How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

    Guilt, self-blame, fatigue, boredom -- all of these can creep in as you take care of type 2 diabetes day after day. Learn how to be kind to yourself and stay positive -- it will help your health in the long run.

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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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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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