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Medical Reference Related to Diabetes

  1. Diabetes and Your Skin

    Skin problems are common among people with diabetes. WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatments of various skin conditions that can arise if blood sugars are not under control.

  2. Depression and Diabetes

    Learn more from WebMD about the link between diabetes and depression.

  3. Glossary of Diabetes Terms

    Can't keep track of all the terms related to diabetes? WebMD provides a glossary that tells you what you need to know, from A to Z.

  4. Central (Neurogenic) Diabetes Insipidus

    Learn more from WebMD about central diabetes insipidus, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

  5. A Closer Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

    WebMD explains retinopathy, a common eye complication of diabetes that can lead to glaucoma and loss of vision.

  6. Cold and Flu Treatments for Diabetes

    Catching a cold or flu is especially challenging when you have diabetes. WebMD tells you how to prepare for cold and flu season and what to do if you get a bug.

  7. 9 Ways to Avoid Diabetes Complications

    Making lifestyle changes will help you avoid the serious complications of diabetes. WebMD offers 9 tips to get you on track.

  8. Diabetic Macular Edema

    The causes, symptoms, and treatment of diabetic macular edema, an eye condition brought on by diabetes.

  9. The Basics of a Healthy Diabetes Diet

    While there is no such thing as a diabetes diet, there are certain guidelines to keep in mind for keeping your blood sugar levels in check. WebMD provides an overview of how to eat if you have diabetes.

  10. Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

    Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a common problem in people with diabetes. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hypoglycemia.

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