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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. When Low Blood Sugar Has No Symptoms

    No one with diabetes welcomes signs of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia. Sweating and feeling shaky, dizzy, moody, and anxious are signs that your blood sugar is dropping. You know you must treat it quickly. But what if your body stops giving you these warning signs? Not being able to fee

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  8. How Diabetes Affects a Woman's Sexual Health

    Sex is good for diabetes. It's good for your heart and blood flow, helps sleep, and boosts your mood. Diabetes is not good for sex, though. Nerve damage, or neuropathy, can make it hard to have orgasms. It can cause vaginal dryness, make it hard to get aroused, dampen your desire, and make sex painf

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  9. Diabetes: Counting Carbs

    When you found out you have diabetes, your doctor may have asked you to start counting carbohydrates. In fact, it's very likely your doctor did if you take insulin, or are being treated with intensive therapy, or have type 1 diabetes. Counting carbs can help you better manage your blood sugars. Mayb

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  10. Diabetes and Your Skin

    Diabetes gives you a good reason to pamper your skin. You are more prone to skin problems like dryness. Scarring from insulin shots can affect how your body absorbs insulin. And because diabetes raises your chances of infection, even a minor skin condition can become a more serious problem. People w

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