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  1. Diabetes: How to Lower Your Risk of Complications

    Having diabetes doesn't automatically put you on the road to complications like heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure, says Robert E. Ratner, MD, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association. A healthy lifestyle, along with insulin treatments, can keep your risk low

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. The Link Between Stress and Blood Sugar

    Sherri Buffington knows right away when she's stressed out. "I'll start to feel hot," she says. Once the warmth floods her body, she tests her blood sugar. It's almost always high. Buffington isn't imagining the connection. Stress is known to spike blood sugar, also called glucose. "It's a very comm

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

    You've heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that's especially true when you have type 2 diabetes. A healthy breakfast can help you control your weight and keep blood sugar stable, says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD. She's a Chicago-based certified diabetes educator. What should your

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  9. 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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  10. 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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