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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. How to Succeed With Your Diabetes Exercise Plan

    Ready to get fit? It’s good for your diabetes, burns off stress, and makes you feel good. Once it becomes a habit, you might be surprised to find that you look forward to your workouts! First, check in with your doctor to find out if you should avoid any activities. You might be able to do more than

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  8. Can You Drink Alcohol if You Have Diabetes?

    Q: My husband has diabetes and says it's OK to drink alcohol. Is that true? A: Alcohol poses several problems for people with diabetes. First, after an initial spike in blood sugar, alcohol causes that level to drop. Because being tipsy causes the same symptoms as low blood sugar (sleepiness and dis

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  9. 7 Tips for Tasty, Diabetes-Friendly Meals

    You can have delicious food that meets your needs for managing your type 2 diabetes. You have more options than you may realize. “It all comes down to having the right ingredients on hand for making meals both diabetes-friendly and delicious,” says Jackie Newgent, RD, author of The With or Without M

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  10. Can I Eat Fruit if I Have Diabetes?

    Fruit is not off-limits if you have type 2 diabetes. It has too many good things going for it, such as fiber and nutrients, as well as its natural sweetness. These fruits are good choices. Keep in mind that fruit gives you carbs, and “as with any carbohydrate, it's important to be mindful of serving

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