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About 1 in 10 women in the United States has diabetes. If not managed, diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease,stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.
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- Age Page: Diabetes in Older People — A Disease You Can Manage - This publication explains what diabetes is, what the symptoms are, and how it is diagnosed. It also gives tips on managing the disease.
- Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Taking Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting Diabetes - This fact sheet defines diabetes and reviews the signs and symptoms of the disease. It discusses the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and the ways it can be prevented.
- Be Smart About Your Heart. Control the ABCs of Diabetes: A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol - This brochure discusses the risk of stroke for someone with diabetes.
- Diabetic Eye Disease: Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy - This booklet provides information about diabetic retinopathy and answers questions about the causes and symptoms of this progressive eye disease. Diagnosis and types of treatment are also described.
- Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes - This fact sheet reviews the causes and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and the different types of neuropathies: peripheral, autonomic, proximal, and focal neuropathies. Diagnosis and treatment is also discussed.
- Financial Help for Diabetes Care - This publication reviews the two government-funded health insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other health care services available for people with diabetes. It lists organizations that address financial concerns about prescription drugs and medical supplies, prosthetic care, and dialysis and kidney transplantation. It also provides suggestions for finding local resources.
- For People With Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Checked for Kidney Disease - This fact sheet discusses how diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease. This fact sheet provides steps to keep your kidneys healthy.
- The Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands — Community Outreach Kit - This brochure provides information for older adults with diabetes on how to manage their disease, including the importance of checking blood glucose levels, how to manage the ABCs of diabetes, and how to access Medicare benefits.
- Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 - This booklet helps people with diabetes manage the disease through advice on eating healthy, checking blood glucose levels, and getting regular medical care.
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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated: September 16, 2013.
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