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  1. How Diabetes Affects Your Brain

    If you have diabetes, you likely know it can raise your chances of kidney and heart problems. But you may not know that diabetes can also affect your brain. "Even people who study diabetes may not always consider the impact of insulin in the brain," says Rita Kalyani, MD, assistant professor of medi

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  2. When Low Blood Sugar Has No Symptoms

    No one with diabetes welcomes signs of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia. Sweating and feeling shaky, dizzy, moody, and anxious are signs that your blood sugar is dropping. You know you must treat it quickly. But what if your body stops giving you these warning signs? Not being able to fee

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  3. How Diabetes Affects a Woman's Sexual Health

    Sex is good for diabetes. It's good for your heart and blood flow, helps sleep, and boosts your mood. Diabetes is not good for sex, though. Nerve damage, or neuropathy, can make it hard to have orgasms. It can cause vaginal dryness, make it hard to get aroused, dampen your desire, and make sex painf

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  4. How to Protect Your Kidneys When You Have Diabetes

    Like most people, you may not often think about your kidneys. If you have diabetes, though, it's a good idea to start giving them more thought.  Though diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, you won't have symptoms from early kidney disease. But simple tests can check how your kidneys are

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  5. Healthy Eating With Diabetes: Your Menu Plan

    When you have diabetes, what you choose to eat and drink can raise or lower your blood sugar levels after meals. So which foods are smart choices? There are four things in food that can affect your blood sugar: Carbohydrates Protein Fat Fiber Carbohydrates raise blood sugar faster than proteins or f

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  6. Diabetes and Men: Sexual Issues

    A funny thing happened to Jim Turner years ago when he was hiking with a girlfriend. It was evening, and the two were lying on a blanket under a full moon. The conditions were perfect for romance. "And I just had zero interest in sex," says Turner, an actor and dLife television host, who has type 1

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  7. Diabetes and Your Skin

    Diabetes gives you a good reason to pamper your skin. You are more prone to skin problems like dryness. Scarring from insulin shots can affect how your body absorbs insulin. And because diabetes raises your chances of infection, even a minor skin condition can become a more serious problem. People w

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  8. Diabetes: Counting Carbs

    When you found out you have diabetes, your doctor may have asked you to start counting carbohydrates. In fact, it's very likely your doctor did if you take insulin, or are being treated with intensive therapy, or have type 1 diabetes. Counting carbs can help you better manage your blood sugars. Mayb

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  9. The Link Between Stress and Blood Sugar

    Sherri Buffington knows right away when she's stressed out. "I'll start to feel hot," she says. Once the warmth floods her body, she tests her blood sugar. It's almost always high. Buffington isn't imagining the connection. Stress is known to spike blood sugar, also called glucose. "It's a very comm

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  10. The Daily Diabetes Care Checklist

    When you have type 2 diabetes, it's often a juggling act to remember all of your daily tasks. Nora Saul, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator and manager for nutrition services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, offers this "healthy habits" checklist to guide you through the day. Check your blood suga

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