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The symptoms of diabetes vary from type to type in some ways and are similar in others. Gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes differ from Type 1 and Type 2. Diagnosis is not always straightforward. What are the right tests that your primary care physician should be doing? What should you be looking for?

List of Diabetes Symptoms
A comprehensive list of symptoms that occur with Diabetes.

Top Warning Signs of Diabetes
Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes share many of the same signs and symptoms. If you notice frequent urination, excessive thirst, unusual fatigue, unexplained weight loss, numbness or tingling of the extremities, blurred vision, dry or itchy skin, recurrent infections, and cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal, you may have diabetes.

Top Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
There are many risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. Some of them come from our family history and genetics and so are with us always, but some can be turned around to help reverse or prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Without Symptoms Is Still Diabetes
An estimated 20 million Americans have diabetes, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one-quarter to one-third don’t know it. How can so many individuals be unaware that they have diabetes? Certainly, one major factor is the absence of symptoms. This is a hallmark of both prediabetes and the early stages of type 2 diabetes.

What Kind of Diabetes Do I Have?
It can be confusing and frightening to be diagnosed with diabetes, but understanding what type of diabetes one has and how to deal with it can make a person feel better, both emotionally and physically. It is important for diabetics to take their condition seriously -- even if they feel fine.

Recommended Blood Glucose Numbers
Depending on where you look, recommended blood glucose levels can vary for people with diabetes. How do you know which to follow? Here are some general guidelines, but ask your healthcare provider which goals are best for you.

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Being overweight or obese makes you more prone to Type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions.

Diabetes and the A1c Test
The A1c test (also known as HbA1c or glycated hemoglobin) is a good general measure of diabetes care. While conventional home glucose monitoring measures a person’s blood sugar at a given moment, the A1c test indicates a person’s average blood glucose level over the past few months.

The Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), also referred to as the glucose tolerance test, measures the bodys ability to metabolize glucose, or clear it out of the bloodstream. The test can be used to diagnose diabetes, gestational diabetes or prediabetes.

Understanding the Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
The fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, also known as the fasting blood sugar test, measures blood sugar levels and is used to diagnose diabetes. Relatively simple and inexpensive, the test exposes problems with insulin functioning.

When to Go to the ER for a Diabetes Emergency
A diagnosis of diabetes can be very frightening and overwhelming. There is so much to learn. One of the most important things to know is how to recognize two very serious conditions, called hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). These can occur at any time and need to be treated immediately to avoid a medical emergency.

Top 6 Ways to Organize Your Personal Medical Information
About.com's Guide to First Aid, Rod Brouhard tells us how to keep our important medical information organized and easily accessible. "Emergencies happen when we least expect it, so it's important to prepare ahead of time."

Now That You've Been Diagnosed
Check out Diabetes Daily. It's a friendly upbeat place on the web which offers information on diabetes and also has forums where you can go talk to other people diagnosed with diabetes.

Can a Vegan Diet Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes?
A study published in the journal, Diabetes Care, this past July, states that a low-fat vegan diet may be even more beneficial than the ADA diet in reversing Type 2 diabetes symptoms.

How to Be a Proactive Patient
A guide to being a proactive patient. Four tips for helping your doctor diagnose and treat Type 2 diabetes.

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. How to determine if you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

A New Type of Diabetes?
LADA - Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.

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