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  1. How to Help Your Diabetes Medications Work Better

    You can make your type 2 diabetes medicines work better if you take steps now. You might even be able to lower how much or how many drugs you take -- or stop them altogether. Many people might be able to control their diabetes with lifestyle changes alone, says Richard Siegel, MD. He's the co-direct

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  2. Starting (or Restarting) an Exercise Program

    Just because exercise is an important part of managing your type 2 diabetes, that doesn’t mean you have to be up at 5 a.m. jogging around your neighborhood. Start small, pick something you enjoy -- dancing, gardening, or walking your dog all count -- and celebrate your successes, experts say. It’s O

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. How Diabetes Can Aggravate Common Skin Issues

    When you have diabetes, take extra care of your skin, since it can be affected by the condition in unexpected ways.  Here's help for several issues, from itching and dryness to wrinkles. If you have dry skin, diabetes can make it worse. That's because high blood sugar can make you have to pee often,

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  6. Women and Prediabetes: Could It Happen to You?

    High scores for credit ratings, football games, and SATs are all good, but high blood sugar levels are no reason to celebrate. They're a sign of prediabetes. That's when your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to mean a diabetes diagnosis. The number of Americans with predi

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  7. 6 Diabetes Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    It takes work to manage your type 2 diabetes. That includes the little things you do every day, such as what you eat and how active you are. Start by avoiding these common mistakes. Your medical team is essential. But you're not in the doctor's office every day. “You are your own doctor 99.9% of the

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  8. Combination Therapy for Diabetes

    Many people with type 2 diabetes can manage their blood sugar levels with just diabetes pills and lifestyle changes. Others will also need to use injectable diabetes drugs. What's right for you? “The first principle is to make life as easy and therapy as effective as possible,” says Daniel Einhorn,

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  9. Overcoming Objections to Injections

    Does the thought of giving yourself an injection make you squeamish? It can take some getting used to, but you may find it's not as bad as you thought it would be. "I always tell patients that having a fear of needles is normal and natural," says Evan Sisson, PharmD, a diabetes educator and assistan

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  10. 9 Dos and Don'ts of Dieting With Diabetes

    Slimming down can help get your blood sugar levels back into the normal range, and in some cases even cut down on or eliminate the need for medication. Easier said than done? Boost your odds of long-term success by following these expert tips. "Losing weight is more like a marathon than a sprint; yo

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