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    1. How a Food Writer Deals With Diabetes

      Sloane Burwell, a WebMD.com community member, shares her story. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the day before Thanksgiving 5 years ago. I was 40 years old and making a career transition, from technology to food writing. Not only was the timing terrible, I felt like diabetes was going to destro

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    2. How to Count Carbs

      When you have diabetes, it’s important to balance your carbs with your medication. Have too many carbs and not enough medication and your blood sugar can soar. Too few carbs and too much medication and it can crash. Neither is good. Counting the carbs you eat at each meal or snack can help you balan

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    3. Diabetes and Your Brain

      Your brain is a finely tuned organ. But it’s sensitive to the amount of sugar, or glucose, it receives as fuel. Whether you have type 1 or type 2, both the high blood glucose of uncontrolled diabetes and the low blood glucose that sometimes comes with diabetes treatment can affect your brain. Some o

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    4. Top 10 Super-Foods for Type 2 Diabetes

      These 10 tried-and-true staples are win-win foods for people with type 2 diabetes: nutritious and delicious! Put them on your shopping list. Berries. A smart substitute when you need to limit candy, berries offer sweet flavor, few calories, and lots of fiber. Plus, they have antioxidants, chemicals

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    5. Sex and Diabetes: Erectile Dysfunction Fixes

      When you think of what it means to have diabetes, "great sex" may not come to mind. But it could.   "Someone who has diabetes should be able to enjoy sex as much and as regularly as someone who doesn't have it," says David G. Marrero, PhD, president of health care and education at the American Diabe

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    6. How Diabetes Affects a Woman's Sexual Health

      Sex is good for diabetes. It's good for your heart and blood flow, helps you sleep, and boosts your mood. If you have diabetes and have had painful sex or trouble getting aroused, though, sex may not seem too sexy. About 35% of women with diabetes seem to have sexual issues. That doesn't mean you ha

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    7. Better Sex With Diabetes

      Diabetes doesn't have to feel like a third -- and unwanted -- party in bed. You can deal with things like low blood sugar, vaginal dryness, or erection problems by looking at them as hurdles you can overcome, instead of roadblocks that put a stop to sex. Planning ahead can ease some of the challenge

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    8. How to Protect Your Kidneys When You Have Diabetes

      When you have diabetes, it's key to take care of your kidneys. They do an important job filtering waste and removing it from your blood. Diabetes can hurt the kidneys and cause them to stop working. It's the main cause of kidney failure. With diabetes, you have high blood sugar. Those high levels ma

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    9. Scratches, Scrapes, Cuts, and Diabetes

      If you have diabetes, your eyes might be your best medicine when it comes to protecting your skin. Act quickly to treat any small cut, scrape, or scratch to make sure it heals properly, says James L. Roth, MD. He's a family physician in Johns Creek, GA. Check your body daily for even small wounds so

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    10. Spa Safety for People With Diabetes

      What’s more relaxing than soaking your feet and getting a pedicure? If you have diabetes, you'll have more peace of mind if you take precautions to avoid nicks or cuts on your skin at the spa or salon. You'll also lower your odds of getting an infection. “Your blood flow is reduced, and even a small

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