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A Peek at the Pump
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Online learning resources for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and nutrition.
Diabetes 101: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels, and your diet.
Diabetes 201: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugars, and your diet.
Asthma 101: Learn more about asthma and dealing with shortness of breath.
Hypertension 101: Learn more about hypertension and managing your blood pressure.
Nutrition 101: Learn more about improving your nutrition and diet

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Lesson #4

Lesson 6: Managing Diabetes at Special Times Lesson 5: Common Complications Lesson 4: Major Complications Lesson 3: When is Blood Sugar too High or Low? Lesson 2: Daily Care Lesson 1: What is Diabetes

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What Causes Diabetes Complications

Here comes the heavy stuff — the complications of diabetes. Much of what you are about to read isn't all that appetizing. But plugging your way through this lesson could make managing your care a bit easier to stomach.

So, get ready to learn:

  • What is hyperglycemia?
  • What are vascular problems?
  • What are nerve problems?

But before we start inundating you with information, let’s see what you already know.

Assignment #1
This quiz asks the 101 questions. Don't worry if you don't know the answers, we'll go over them soon.

All done? How’d you do? Oh yeah? Neat.

Well, without further ado . . .

Chronic Problems

There are three major factors at play in diabetes complications — hyperglycemia, vascular problems and nerve problems. These factors can lead to a long list of health problems. Some problems can't be seen, others are all too clear — but each can be managed with the right kind of care.

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