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Your Future With Diabetes
There is a lot you can do to decrease your risk of complications from diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes in Children: A Growing Problem
The number of children (and adults) with type 2 diabetes mellitus has been growing considerably in recent years, and it's a serious problem. High-calorie food and lack of exercise are the main culprits.
Low-Carb, High-Protein Diets
One of the most popular question patients ask us in our clinical practice is, "What do you think about the Atkins Diet?" We would like to restate the question and give a response that, hopefully, puts some of the hype into perspective.
What Should Your LDL Cholesterol Be?
Just a year ago, people bragged if their LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) was under 100 mg/dL. However, recent research shows that patients with coronary artery disease should aim to get LDL much lower.

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Learn The Basics
Symptoms and Dangers of High Blood Sugar
High levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream can cause weakness, fatigue, infections and even coma.
Your Future With Diabetes
There is a lot you can do to decrease your risk of complications from diabetes.
Health Problems That Diabetes Can Cause
Diabetes can lead to health problems in many systems of your body, primarily by damaging blood vessels and nerves.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body cannot make efficient use of insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream to the cells that need it for energy.

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Assess Your Health
Who Should Be Tested?
You should get tested for diabetes if you are having certain symptoms. Testing also may be a good idea if you have a higher than average risk of diabetes.
Tests To Detect Diabetes
Learn how to find out if you have diabetes.
Diabetes and Your Risk of Heart Disease
People with diabetes have much higher rates of heart disease and stroke. The disease itself damages blood vessels, and it often accompanies other risks such as obesity.
Pre-Diabetes
In pre-diabetes, blood sugar levels are slightly higher than normal, but still not as high as in diabetes.

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Medicine Charts for Diabetes
For most people with diabetes, medicine plays an essential role in controlling the disease. Our medicine charts list specific medicines used to treat diabetes.
Comprehensive Care To Prevent More Health Problems
Your efforts to control your diabetes also can prevent or delay related health problems.
Medicines
Most type 2 diabetics need to take one or more medicines to keep their condition under control. Here is a guide to the types of medications available.
Diet and Exercise
Type 2 diabetes frequently can be prevented and always can be improved through healthy diet and exercise habits.
Setting Blood Sugar Goals
What blood sugar goals are best for you? Here's a guide to setting goals and testing your glucose.
Monitoring Blood Sugar at Home
Testing your glucose at home can help you keep track of blood-sugar control. Here's what you need to know about testing frequency and equipment.

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Keep On Track
Diabetes Care Checklist
Our checklist can help you to keep track of whether you are doing all you can to maintain your health with diabetes.
Symptoms To Report to Your Doctor
Stay alert for these symptoms, which could signal a medical emergency.
Other Problems That Can Raise Blood Sugar
A variety of illnesses and medicines can increase glucose levels in the blood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still want to know more about diabetes? Here are some other questions and answers to guide you.
Advances in Diabetes Care
Research continues to advance our understanding of diabetes and how to treat it.

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