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Complications of Type 1

Diabetes that is not well controlled can cause problems with your vision, circulation, nerves, heart and kidneys among others. But the good news is that most if not all of these potential problems can be prevented or minimized. Learn more about how these complications develop and what you can to do prevent them.

Low Blood Sugar Awareness - What is Low Blood Sugar Awareness?
Low blood sugar awareness is a vital part of managing our diabetes. Yet, you can lose your sensitivity to low blood sugar symptoms if your blood sugar is high. Most people rely heavily on their ability to sense a low sugar level coming so that they can either check their blood or treat it. How sensitive are you to the early signs of a low blood...

Low Blood Sugar Awareness
Low blood sugar symptom awareness, also called hypoglycemia awareness, is common among people who have consistently high blood sugar. Yet being able to recognize the early symptoms of low blood sugar is critical in preventing a diabetes emergency. Learn how you can retain your awareness of low blood sugar symptoms.

Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy can affect those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Just having diabetes puts your at greater risk of vision problems than someone without diabetes. But with early detection and annual vision testing, diabetes doesn't have to cause major problems with your sight. Learn what could happen to your vision and what you can to...

Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis affects both those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is where your stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Gastroparesis is a type of or nerve damage that can result from consistently high blood sugars. Learn what you can do to prevent and treat this chronic condition.

Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men with diabetes. Nearly one-half of all men with diabetes will experience ED sometime in their life. But, diabetes doesn't need to put an end to sexual satisfaction. Learn more about ED and diabetes and the effective ways it can be treated.

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure and diabetes often go together. It is estimated that about two-thirds of people with diabetes have higher than normal blood pressure and this puts them at greater risk for many health problems. The good news is that there is something you can do about it.

Kidney Disease
Kidney disease that is caused by diabetes can lead to serious problems. One of the best ways to prevent kidney disease is to manage your blood glucose levels well. Learn how diabetes can affect your kidneys and what you can do to prevent kidney disease.

Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease, also called PAD, occurs when the blood vessels in your legs either are blocked or narrow, restricting the blood flow to your legs and feet. Nearly 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50 has PAD and it can be a serious risk factor for other problems like heart attack and stroke. The good news is that you can...

Diabetes and Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a condition where you have an intolerance to a protein called gluten. It causes poor absorption of nutrients and can lead to malnutrition and a number of other serious problems. Fortunately, it can be correctly diagnosed and treated. Learn how celiac disease is common with type 1 diabetes and what can be done to treat it.

Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome
Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome describes a serious condition that can develop in people with diabetes. It is also called a diabetic coma. Learn what hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome is and how to prevent it.

Thyroid Disease and Diabetes
Thyroid disease is occurs frequently among those with diabetes. About one in 8 people with type 2 diabetes and about one in three with type 1 will develop thyroid disease. Learn the symptoms and what you can do to prevent and treat thyroid conditions while managing your diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic Neuropathy is a condition where particular nerves in the body are damaged as a result of chronically high blood sugar. Two out three people with diabetes experience some degree of neuropathy. Learn more about what it is and how you can prevent or minimize the potential damage to your nerves.

Tight Blood Glucose Control
Tight control of blood glucose can greatly improve your energy while it greatly reduces the risk of diabetes-related health problems. But tight control of your blood sugar takes work and is not appropriate for everyone. Learn what it takes and whether it is a good fit for your diabetes management goals.

Common Diabetes Skin Conditions
High blood sugar can cause a number of health-related problem for those with diabetes. But it can also affect your skin. Sometimes, changes in your skin are the first signs of high blood sugar. Here are some of the most common diabetes-related skin conditions and what you can do to treat them.

Preventing Insulin Shock
Insulin shock occurs when the level of your blood sugar drops quickly and leads to unconsciousness. It is a severe form of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner. Learn how you can prevent it.

Treating Severe Low Blood Sugar in Children
Treating severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in children requires that you have access to an emergency glucagon kit. You also need to be prepared to know what you should do before an emergency like this arises. Learn what you need to know about glucagon, when to give it and how to administer the proper dose.

Hemochromatosis and Diabetes
Hemochromatosis is a relatively unknown disease that is caused by an excessive build-up of iron in your body. This build-up of iron in the tissue is caused by a defective gene and can lead to organ damage. In particular, it can damage the pancreas and result in diabetes. The good news is that it is a treatable and possibly reversible condition...

Treating Severe Low Blood Sugar with Glucagon
Treating severe hypoglycemia or low blood sugar requires that you have access to an emergency glucagon kit. You also need to be prepared to know what you should do before an emergency like this arises. Learn what you need to know about glucagon, when to give it and how to administer the proper dose.

Diabetes Emergencies
Diabetes Emergencies can be a common occurrence for some. But even when they are rare, it can be very scary. The good news is that most diabetes-related emergencies can be prevented. Learn how to treat an emergency situation when it arises and prevent future ones from happening.

Ketoacidosis - Treatment and Prevention
Ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a serious condition and a diabetes emergency. During DKA your body is searching for fuel because it doesn't have the insulin it needs to use glucose. Learn more about the cause of ketoacidosis and what to do if it occurs.

Hyperglycemia - High Blood Sugar Treatment and Prevention
Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can be a diabetes emergency if your glucose goes too high. Not only might you feel poorly but sustained high glucose levels increases your risk of diabetes-related complications. Learn the symptoms and how to keep this from becoming an emergency situation.

Hypoglycemia Can Be a Diabetes Emergency
Hypoglycemia can be a medical emergency if you don't act quickly. Low blood sugar brings on a number of symptoms that must be accurately recognized and treated to avoid potential danger. Learn the symptoms and what to do if this emergency strikes.

Complications of Type 1 Diabetes
Unfortunately, there are a number of health problems than can arise as a result of having type 1 diabetes. Find out what they are and how you can prevent them.

Kidney Disease
Your kidneys are a vital part of your overall health. Learn how diabetes can affect your kidneys in this article from About.com: Diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a general term used to describe damage to the nervous system or individual nerves. This informative brochure by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse provides a thorough review of this complication and explains the types, causes, treatments available and ways to prevent neuropathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinopathy is the most common eye disease associated with diabetes and is also a leading cause of blindness. This comprehensive article from the National Eye Institute offers the latest information about treatment and prevention.

Foot Complications
Because diabetes affects your blood vessels it can impair your circulation causing a number of foot problems to occur. Learn about the most common diabetes-related foot concerns from the American Diabetes Assoction and what you can do to treat and prevent them.

Proteinuria - Kidney Damage and Diabetes
Proteinuria is a condition that is often associated with diabetes, especially those who have been living with diabetes for several years. Learn what happens and how you can treat it.

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