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  1. Glucose Testing: After Meals?

    Every diabetic is familiar with fasting blood glucose tests. You don't eat for at least eight hours, you check your blood sugar, and by that, you establish what your baseline glucose is. This was at least the traditional idea of blood sugar testing. But given that most of us spend a lot of the day -

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  2. Islet Cell Transplant: Still Promising?

    Although the name may conjure images of wind-swept outcroppings off the northern coast of Scotland, the islets of Langerhans, or "beta-islet cells of the pancreas" as they are more commonly called, are the body's natural store of insulin-secreting cells. It is these cells that are destroyed or sever

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  3. Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

    The traditional medical approach to diabetes is simply to manage it after it has been diagnosed. Because there isn't a cure, the emphasis is on keeping blood sugars as close to normal as possible -- usually with exercise and weight loss coupled with medication -- and dealing with complications as th

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  4. Artificial Pancreas on the Horizon

    For millions of people with diabetes worldwide, life is a series of fingersticks, injections, and surges and dips in blood sugar levels. But with its promise of automatically regulating a person's blood sugar, the artificial pancreas could change all that. "The artificial pancreas will revolutionize

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  5. Winning Mental Strategies for Weight Loss

    What's keeping you from losing weight successfully? Chances are, it's not just what you're eating and how much (or how little) you're exercising. For most people, a major part of the problem is how they think about their food, their exercise, and themselves. Life's greatest stresses come from unmet

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  6. Black Men and Diabetes: Preventing It, Managing It

    Brian (not his real name) had always been athletic in junior high and high school, but when he started to put on some weight in his mid-20s, he didn't worry too much about it. He didn't have time. Later, as a single man and small-business owner in his early 40s, Brian ate most of his meals in junk f

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  7. Herbs, Vitamins, and More for Diabetes

    Alternative or complementary treatments spark the interest of many people with diabetes. The prospect of having better control over blood sugar levels or being less dependent on insulin injections by taking herbal supplements or vitamins is certainly attractive. But do any of the things often touted

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  8. Sweet Holiday Tips for Diabetics

    For diabetics, the holiday season is fraught with temptations. Candy is everywhere. Your well-meaning co-workers bring in plates of cookies that taunt you from the break room. You've got invitations to party after party where it seems like the foods were chosen either to test your will or spite you.

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  9. Herbs for Diabetes

    July 31, 2000 -- When 40-something Jeff Cottingham was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, his doctor immediately started him on drugs to control his blood sugar. But Cottingham worried. Some drugs for diabetes can have dangerous side effects. In a striking example, on March 21, 2000, the U.S. Food and

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  10. Traveling Safely With Diabetes

    On a trekking expedition in Europe, a young man with diabetic neuropathy -- nerve damage in legs, feet, and hands related to diabetes -- develops ulcers on his feet while hiking through wet farmland. Moisture contaminated with bacteria is absorbed through the ulcers, causing an acute infection. The

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