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Diabetes and Pregnancy

Women with diabetes can have healthy babies, but it takes planning ahead and effort. Pregnancy can make both high and low blood glucose levels happen more often. It can make diabetic eye disease and diabetic kidney disease worse. High glucose levels during pregnancy are dangerous for the baby, too.

Introduction to Gestational Diabetes

Approximately 3 to 5 percent of all pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed as having gestational diabetes. These women and their families have many questions about this disorder. Some of the most frequently asked questions are: What is gestational diabetes and how did I get it?

Harvesting Drugs from Plants

In Samoa, native healers called taulaseause the leaves of a small“tree to treat back pain and abdominal swelling. They use the roots to treat “diarrhea and the wood to treat yellow fever. That same tree is being studied“by chemists and biologists with the National Cancer Institute as a possible “treatment for AIDS.

Getting Outside Advice for Close Calls

Viewpoints vary between concerns of individual clinicians and what may affect the doctor-patient relationship, or how a drug affects a patient circumstance.

Tips for Talking to Your Doctor

Today, patients take an active role in their health care. You and your doctor will work in partnership to achieve your best possible level of health. An important part of this relationship is good communication. Here are some questions you can ask your doctor to get your discussion started.

Gastroparesis and Diabetes

Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Gastroparesis is most often a complication of type 1 diabetes. At least 20 percent of people with type 1 diabetes develop gastroparesis. It also occurs in people with type 2 diabetes, although less often.

The Ins and Outs of Insulin Resistance

Although scientists have intensely studied insulin resistance for four decades, its link to conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes has recently landed it squarely in the media spotlight.

Diabetes Mellitus: A Major Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have collaborated with three leading private health organizations on a major public health statement to alert physicians, patients, and the general public to the increasing significance of diabetes mellitus as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

The Truth About Choosing Medical Treatments

When you’re sick it isn’t always easy to get well again. There are lots of medicines and other ways to treat health problems. You may hear about some from a friend. Or you may see an ad on TV or in the paper. Or your doctor may recommend a treatment.

Medication and Older Adults

Of all the problems older adults face in taking medication, drug interactions are probably the most dangerous. When two or more drugs are mixed in the body, they may interact with each other and produce uncomfortable or even dangerous side effects.

Preventing Diabetic Kidney Disease

Preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of organs for transplantation.

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