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  1. The Daily Diabetes Care Checklist

    When you have type 2 diabetes, it's often a juggling act to remember all of your daily tasks. Nora Saul, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator and manager for nutrition services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, offers this "healthy habits" checklist to guide you through the day. Check your blood suga

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  2. Allergy Tips for People With Diabetes

    Aaachoooo! It's that time of year again: spring allergy season. For about 1 in 5 people, warm weather brings not only blooming flowers and trees but also the telltale symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergies) -- sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes. For those wi

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  3. 4 Ways to Conquer Your Inner Critic With Diabetes

    You know how to eat and exercise to stay healthy with diabetes. The problem is you don't always do what you know, right? It’s important to recognize the early signs of self-sabotage: procrastination, self-defeating behavior, fear, and perfectionism. If you do, you can redirect yourself long before y

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  4. Diabetes Symptoms to Never Ignore

    One of the keys to leading a healthy life with diabetes is to keep your glucose levels, or blood sugar, in check. As your main source of energy, glucose plays a big role in keeping your body working like it should. If you have either type of diabetes, you need to be aware of symptoms that may mean y

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  5. Women, Sex, and Diabetes

    When most people hear the words “diabetes and sexual dysfunction," they automatically think it's the man's problem. But women with diabetes can also have sexual problems related to their blood sugar levels. For diabetes educator Ann Albright, PhD, RD, that’s not only a medical fact; it’s a fact of l

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  6. 6 Diabetes Mistakes -- and How to Avoid Them

    Managing type 2 diabetes requires constant vigilance to keep your blood sugar level under control. Staying healthy also means steering clear of some common pitfalls, many of which are the product of long-held bad habits. Here are six mistakes that you can learn to avoid. “You are your own doctor 99.

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  7. Prediabetes: 7 Steps to Take Now

    Getting diagnosed with prediabetes is a serious wake-up call, but it doesn't have to mean you will definitely get diabetes. There is still time to turn things around. “It’s an opportunity to initiate lifestyle changes or treatments, and potentially retard progression to diabetes or even prevent diab

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  8. Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

    It sounds too good to be true: reversing type 2 diabetes through exercise and healthy eating. While certain lifestyle changes are key to managing diabetes, whether you can actually turn back time so that it's like you never had diabetes at all is a different matter. That depends on how long you've h

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  9. 6 Tips if You're Tired of Your Diabetes

    When you have diabetes, it can feel like your daily to-do list is endless. You're tracking your blood sugars, medications, diet, and exercise. That can be a lot to take care of every day. It can make you feel burned out. "When you have a chronic illness, everybody wants a day off from that, or a wee

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  10. Diabetes: Best Foot Care

    For most people, a blister, cut, or scrape on the foot is no big deal -- an "ouch!" and a hurriedly applied bandage, and it's over. Not so if you have diabetes; meticulous daily foot care is as important as monitoring blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. "Unfortunately, diabetes fo

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