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    1. Can You Stop Diabetes Meds?

      When it comes to diabetes there are many success stories, especially among those who know that diet and exercise play a big part in blood sugar control. Medication is also key to getting your numbers into a healthy range. But if you’re like many people who take something daily for diabetes, you prob

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    2. Is It Time to Try a Trainer?

      You probably know that exercise lowers blood sugar and protects your health when you have diabetes. So you’ve made it part of your routine, whether it’s a daily stroll or sweaty gym session. But what happens when your workouts feel ho-hum and you need an extra boost to get going? Or maybe you want t

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Summer Travel Smarts for Diabetes

      Vacation should equal rest and relaxation -- or, if you prefer, sightseeing and adventure. Having diabetes means you'll need to take a few precautions, though. Step one: Talk to your doctor. "I like to speak to them about what they should pack, how to store their medications, and how to prepare for

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    6. Diabetes Complications: Know the Symptoms

      As careful as you may be to keep your blood sugar under control, related health problems called complications can happen. Don’t ignore these symptoms, says Sethu K. Reddy, MD, chief of the adult diabetes section at Joslin Diabetes Center. Sweating, nervousness, or lightheadedness: If you suddenly fe

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    7. Are You In Diabetes Denial?

      Some people respond to the news that they have type 2 diabetes by ignoring the diagnosis. It's a head-in-the-sand reaction that is risky but somewhat understandable, says Sherita Golden, MD, an endocrinologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "We often ask patients to alter their

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    8. Ask the Expert: Summer Heat and Diabetes Control

      Question: How can the summer heat affect diabetes control? Heat, especially extreme heat, is hard for anyone to tolerate. It’s especially hard on people with diabetes. When your body is exposed to heat, you lose more water through sweat, which can dehydrate you. Dehydration increases blood sugar lev

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    9. 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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    10. 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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