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    1. Type 1 Diabetes: Keeping Your Child Active

      Being active is important for kids with type 1 diabetes. It's good for their health and helps control blood sugar levels. But helping your child take part in a sport also brings some special challenges -- and “a lot of trial and error,” says Bethy Elrod, a mom living outside Atlanta whose 12-year-ol

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    2. How to Support Your Child With Type 1 Diabetes

      When a child learns he or she has type 1 diabetes, it's literally life-changing. "This is a condition that has to be managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week," says Steve Winer, co-chair of the JDRF Online Diabetes Support Team. That’s a lot to take in for you and for your kid. While frequent finge

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    3. Diabetes: How to Lower Your Risk of Complications

      A healthy lifestyle, along with insulin treatments, can lower your risk for things like heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure. To lower your risk, control your: Blood sugar Blood pressure Cholesterol Follow a simple daily care plan to help keep complications away. Sticking your finger each day ca

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    4. Treating Diabetes With Insulin

      When you start taking insulin, you may be concerned about its impact on your daily life. But insulin treatment is easier to manage if you keep some simple thoughts in mind. Nora Saul, RD, a nutrition manager with the Joslin Diabetes Centers in Boston, says she often hears patients say, "I'm eating b

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    5. The Best Delivery Systems for Insulin Treatments

      Diabetes keeps your body from using insulin correctly -- or in the case of type 1 diabetes, making insulin. Insulin treatments can control your diabetes safely and easily. They can also give your body the blood sugar levels you need to stay healthy. You can’t take insulin as a pill. If you did, your

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    6. Meal Planning When You Take Multiple Insulin Doses

      If you have diabetes and take insulin, you have a lot of plates to keep in the air. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s not, by any stretch, an impossible task. It’s doable, but it takes some, well, doing. “It’s like one giant puzzle, or one giant math problem. You have a lot of variables,” say

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    7. Handling Insulin While You Travel

      Travel can be stressful for anyone. If you’re taking insulin to control your diabetes, taking a trip has other challenges. Those roadblocks shouldn’t keep you from visiting relatives, seeing new places, or enjoying the journey. The poet Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but

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    8. When One Insulin Shot Isn't Enough

      If you have diabetes and your doctor says you need more than one insulin shot a day, you may worry about how that will affect your daily routine. But there are things that can help it go smoothly. When you're giving yourself multiple insulin shots a day, you need to know about the different types of

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    9. Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

      You've heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that's especially true when you have type 2 diabetes. A healthy breakfast can help you control your weight and keep your blood sugar stable, says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a Chicago-based certified diabetes educator. What should you pu

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    10. 9 Dos and Don'ts for Dieters

      Slimming down can help get your blood sugar levels back into the normal range. It might even cut down on or get rid of your need for medication. Easier said than done? Boost your odds of long-term success by following these expert tips. "Losing weight is more like a marathon than a sprint; you can't

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