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  1. Treating Diabetes with Insulin: Real-Life Tips

    Tammy Williams was no stranger to diabetes. The North Carolina children’s librarian, now on disability, had originally been diagnosed with Type II diabetes in her mid-20s. For years, she had been managing her diabetes through diet modification and oral medications. But about six years ago, she enter

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  2. New Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Options

    Type 2 diabetes treatment has come a long way in the last 10 years, experts say, with new drugs and devices adding up to better lives for patients.  "In the last decade, I think that we've transformed the way we manage diabetes," says Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, assistant professor at Harvard Medical Sch

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  3. Diabetes Medications and Diet: Synergistic Success

    It's a tricky balancing act - using diabetes medications to keep blood sugar at just the right level. You're coasting along, trying to "eat right," when suddenly you're confronted with a crisis -- sharing a very large pizza. It's so difficult turning away from pizza -- yet you face the inevitable bl

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  4. Diabetes 9 to 5: Tips to Help You Manage Your Diabetes at Work

    When television's perennially popular Mary Richards walked into WJM's Minneapolis newsroom in 1970, she did more than show the world a single girl could "make it on her own." The award-winning actress who portrayed her -- Mary Tyler Moore -- also showed us diabetes and a career could coexist. Moore

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  5. Find the Right Shoes for Diabetes

    For most people, a bad shoe day means a blistered heel or painful arch that goes away quickly. But for people with diabetes, poor footwear can trigger serious problems, such as foot ulcers, infections, and even amputation. Foot problems aren't inevitable, though. Ralph Guanci learned the hard way to

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  6. Type 2 Diabetes and Women

    For women, living with type 2 diabetes can be tough. Diabetes brings many other health risks that you need to know about.    For instance, women with type 2 diabetes are more likely than other women to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease. The good news: A healthy lifestyle a

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  7. How a 'Diabetes Diet' Protects Your Health

    If you have diabetes, a healthy diet does more than keep your blood sugar under better control. A good diabetes diet can also help prevent or delay the onset of complications such as nerve pain or heart disease. Although some people talk about a "diabetes diet," there's really no such thing, experts

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  8. Combination Therapy for Diabetes

    Many people with type 2 diabetes can manage blood sugar levels effectively on oral diabetes medications and lifestyle changes alone. Others will need to combine oral diabetes medications with injectable diabetes drugs in order to bring their blood glucose levels into a healthy range. Finding the rig

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  9. Overcoming Objections to Injections

    There was a time when doctors couldn't get anywhere near Sherri Buffington with a needle. "I was deathly afraid of needles," recalls the 44-year-old senior legal secretary from Sicklerville, N.J. "I've been petrified of needles since I was a little kid." Then in 2004, Buffington was diagnosed with d

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  10. Is Stevia a Good Substitute for Sugar?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our January-February 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's Diabetes Expert, Michael Dansinger, MD, whether stevia, a new natural sweetener, is a good sugar substitute for people with diabete

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