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      After Leg Amputation: Keeping Your Other Leg Healthy

      If you have a leg amputated, it's important to take steps to care for your other leg. Read More

      Before You Start Your Diabetes Exercise Plan

      Fitness plays a special role for people who have diabetes. Being fit means becoming healthier by adding activity to your day. Talk to your healthcare provider before getting started. Read More

      Checking for Ketones

      When your cells can't get glucose (a kind of sugar) to burn for energy, they burn fat instead. This leaves behind acids called ketones in your blood and urine. A buildup of ketones can cause a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. Read More

      Diabetes and Alcohol Consumption

      If you have diabetes, you need to be careful with alcohol. Alcohol can affect how well you control your blood sugar (glucose) level. This sheet tells you more about the risks of drinking alcohol. It also gives you tips for staying safe when you drink. Read More

      Diabetes and Heart Disease

      If you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to have heart disease than someone without diabetes. You can control your health risks by making some changes in your life. Read More

      Diabetes and Kidney Disease

      Diabetes makes your body less able to use the foods you eat. As a result, glucose (the form of sugar the body uses as fuel) builds up in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can damage blood vessels and kidneys. By controlling diabetes, you can maintain a healthy blood glucose level and slow any kidney damage. Read More

      Diabetes and Periodontal Disease: An Increased Risk

      When you have diabetes, you are at greater risk for periodontal disease (infection of the gums and tissues supporting the teeth). Any periodontal disease you may develop can be more severe and harder to control. Preventing or controlling periodontal disease requires ongoing care. Read More

      Diabetes and Your Child: Checking Blood Sugar

      You’ve been told that your child has diabetes. This means that you must check his or her blood sugar level as directed by the healthcare provider. This gives you the information you’ll need to keep your child’s blood sugar in a healthy range. Read More

      Diabetes and Your Child: Considering an Insulin Pump

      Many parents and children find that an insulin pump helps improve blood sugar management. But pumps do have some drawbacks. Your child’s healthcare provider can help you decide if an insulin pump is a good choice. Read More

      Diabetes and Your Child: Giving Insulin Injections


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