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  1. Diabetes Care: Managing Your Time When You Have Diabetes

    Sometimes, living with diabetes can seem like a full-time job -- trying to keep up with everything you need to do for proper diabetes care. "Diabetes is a very time-consuming disease to manage well," says Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE, and former president of health care and education for the Americ

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  2. The Diabetes and Sleep Connection

    It's past midnight. You're out of clean clothes, and you haven't finished that report for work. Though the alarm clock will ring in six hours, you cram in a load of laundry and spend another bleary-eyed hour at the computer. It's the only way to stay on top of a busy life, right? While skimping on s

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  3. Accepting My Diabetes

    When I was a little kid, my mother said I used to put sugar on everything, even Frosted Flakes. I loved sugar and for 14 glorious years I ate it without consequence. That all changed suddenly one day in 1986 when I failed a swim team physical and landed in the hospital. I had type 1 diabetes. The ho

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  4. 6 Ways to Support a Spouse With Diabetes

    When Gerri Weiss's husband, Michael, learned 22 years ago that he had type 1 diabetes, she faced what she calls one of the toughest challenge of her life: how to support her husband through a disease that often overwhelmed both of them. With 21 million Americans now diagnosed with diabetes, Weiss ha

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  5. Diabetic Diet: 6 Foods That May Help Control Blood Sugar

    Coffee and cinnamon have made headlines recently as foods that might be able to cut the risk of diabetes or help to improve blood sugar levels. But don't get the idea that such foods are magic bullets for your diabetic diet, experts warn. "None of this is a magic potion for diabetes," says American

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  6. Hugh Herr

    By Charles P. Pierce You can barely hear him over the hum of the machines, a low thrumming that is general throughout the halls and laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You have to lean forward a little when Hugh Herr talks about the arms and legs that he makes here in the MIT

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  7. Saving on the Cost of Diabetes Care

    Carol Phillips has a problem -- a big one, but a common one. She is grappling with the cost of diabetes. At the end of May, her COBRA benefits from a former employer will run out, and she will join the ranks of more than 43 million Americans without health insurance. Because she was recently diagnos

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  8. Convenient Care: The Insulin Pump

    There's no substitute for the body's own blood sugar control mechanism, but insulin pumps may be the next best thing, say diabetes experts. An insulin pump is a compact, pager-sized, computerized device that can be worn on a belt. It is connected to the body via a flexible plastic tube through which

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  9. Good Diabetes Care Is a Family Affair

    Diabetes has been particularly cruel to the Vandross family. When famed R&B singer Luther Vandross died last year at age 54 after a stroke brought on by diabetes, he became the last of Mary Ida Vandross' four children to fall to the disease. Mary Ida has also lost her husband -- who died at 39 -- an

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  10. Beyond Blood Sugar: Testing A1c

    What's your A1c? If you have diabetes and you don't know the answer, you should. "The A1c [or glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c] is critical in the management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes," says Fran Kaufman, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. "It's a wonderful test." Kaufman, who

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