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  1. Great Outdoor Workouts for People With Diabetes

    When you get moving, your body is better able to use insulin. This fall, get outside with a fun, flexible workout such as walking, swimming, or biking. Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE, an exercise physiologist at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, suggests you talk to your doctor before starting an

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  2. The Best Diet Plans for Type 2 Diabetes

    Looking to lose weight and get your blood sugar under control? You have a lot of programs to choose from.  "The more weight you lose, the more you'll improve your levels. But how you do it is largely up to you," says Michael Dansinger, MD, director of the Diabetes Reversal Program at Tufts Medical C

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  3. Best Type 2 Diabetes Strategies for Women

    Losing weight can turn your type 2 diabetes around. You might end up needing less medicine for it, or maybe even none at all. Follow these experts' tips and get ready to win at losing. Like most Americans, this probably isn't the first time you've tried to lose weight. But experience isn't always a

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  4. How Not to Lose Weight With Type 2 Diabetes

    Whether you've been trying to slim down for a while, or your doctor has recently urged you to do so to help control your diabetes, you understand that the stakes are high. Not only will losing weight help you look and feel better, but it can improve your blood sugar levels and, in some cases, you ma

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  5. Women’s Top Diabetes Concerns

    Managing type 2 diabetes means being good to yourself. “Diabetes requires self-care to do it well,” says Robin Goland, MD, diabetes research director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “While many women are comfortable at taking care of others, it can be hard for them to take care of themselves.” Yo

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  6. Diabetes and Food: 5 Myths and Facts

    Eating well when you have diabetes can feel challenging, but the reason may not be what you think. It's not just about temptation or willpower. The real issue may be misinformation. You can make smart choices without giving up all your favorite foods. You just need to know the truth behind these com

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  7. How to Lower Your Risk of Diabetes Complications

    Having diabetes doesn't automatically put you on the road to complications like heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure. A healthy lifestyle, along with insulin treatments, can keep your risk for these conditions low. "Complications are not inevitable," says Robert E. Ratner, MD, chief scientific a

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  8. Tips for Treating Diabetes With Insulin

    When you first start taking insulin, you may have some concerns about the impact on your daily life. But insulin treatment is easier to manage if you keep these simple guidelines in mind. Nora Saul, RD, a nutrition manager with the Joslin Diabetes Centers in Boston, says she often hears patients say

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  9. How to Manage Your Kid's Type 1 Diabetes

    If your child has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your family will have a learning curve as you get the hang of proper care and a new routine. Your lives will change, but in time you'll get more comfortable with this "new normal." As you make adjustments, you can take comfort in knowin

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  10. 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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