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Pregnancy. Women who
have diabetes are at increased risk of developing retinopathy during pregnancy.
In women who already have retinopathy when they become pregnant, the condition
can become much worse during pregnancy. If you get pregnant, you will need to have an eye exam sometime during the first 3 months. You'll also need close follow-up during your pregnancy and for 1 year after you have your baby.1
Consistently high blood sugar. High blood sugar levels increase your risk of retinopathy. Keeping your blood
in a target range can reduce your risk for diabetic
retinopathy and can slow the progression of the disease if it has already
High blood pressure. In general, people with diabetes who also have high blood
pressure are more likely to develop complications that affect the blood vessels
in the body, including those in the eyes.
Delayed diagnosis and treatment. Getting a dilated eye exam will not
prevent retinopathy. But it may reduce your risk of severe vision loss from
complications of retinopathy. By detecting it early, you can get treatment that can prevent vision loss and delay
the progression of the disease.
Smoking. Although smoking
has not been proved to increase the risk of retinopathy, smoking may make many
of the other health problems faced by people with diabetes worse, including
disease of the small blood vessels.
If you have type 2 diabetes and use the medicine
rosiglitazone (Avandia, Avandamet, Avandaryl) to treat your diabetes, you may
have a higher risk for problems with the center of the retina (the macula). The
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the makers of the drug have warned
that taking this medicine could cause swelling in the macula, which is called
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and 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.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
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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