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  1. High-Tech Tools to Help You Handle Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, you'll want to know about tools that help you track what you eat, what your blood sugar levels are, how much you exercise, and how you feel each day. Some of these include: Smartphone, tablet, or computer apps to log your blood sugar or foods you eat Devices that test your bloo

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  2. Ask the Expert: What Is Prediabetes?

    Expert Rita Rastogi Kalyani, MD, MHS, is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Q: What is prediabetes, and how can I stop it from becoming full-blown diabetes? A: Prediabetes means your blood sugar (glucose) level is above normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.

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  3. 5 Must-Have Tools to Measure Your Blood Sugar

    If you've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you'll need some supplies to help you manage your blood sugar. These include: This device, also called a glucose meter or monitor, measures how much sugar (or glucose) is in a drop of your blood. It can tell you when your sugar is too low or too hi

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  4. Type 1 Diabetes: Are You as Smart as a 2nd Grader?

    All you really need to know about type 1 diabetes Eric Hamblin likely learned in kindergarten. This 8-year-old was diagnosed at 18 months of age, and he already has enough smarts to teach first-year med students a thing or two about the disease. “I just want to say one thing, and that’s you guys don

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  5. What to Eat to Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check

    You need to eat wisely to keep your diabetes in check. The key is to choose healthy foods and portion sizes so that you can control both your weight and blood sugar levels. The first step: Learn what’s good for you, says diabetes educator Emmy Suhl, RD, CDE, of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. “The

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  6. Diabetes Diet Success

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 4 years ago when I was 36. I noticed I'd get up to go to the bathroom a couple of times a night, something I'd never done before, and that was the trigger that something was wrong. My doctor ordered lab work, and then I knew. My grandmother had type 2 diabetes, m

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  7. Simple Steps for Diabetes Foot Care

    You may not give your feet much thought, but when you have diabetes, they deserve your full attention.  Over time, high blood sugar can damage nerves in the feet, causing you to lose sensation. It's a condition called neuropathy, says podiatrist Robert W. Herpen, DPM, assistant professor at Temple U

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  8. Quick Quiz: Is Your Diabetes Under Control?

    It's important for you to track and manage your blood sugar levels, so you can keep your diabetes from getting worse. “Diabetes complications are preventable,” says WebMD Diabetes Community member NutriJoy, “but that requires a genuine commitment on your part to make whatever lifestyle changes are n

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  9. Top Strategies for Dieting With Diabetes

    A. You don't have to lose a lot of weight to see a big improvement in diabetes. Trimming just 5% to 10% of your body weight will help you feel better, gain more control over the condition, and reduce the amount of medicines you take. And if you can lose weight within 5 years of getting diagnosed, yo

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  10. Good-for-You Cookout Ideas

    Whether you fire up the grill or pack a picnic basket, summer meals offer a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy good food outdoors. How can you make your cookouts and picnics healthier? Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, research scientist at the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapol

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