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  1. Diabetes and Weight Loss: Finding the Right Path

    There's no question about it: If you're overweight and have type 2 diabetes, dropping pounds lowers your blood sugar, improves your health, and helps you feel better But before you start a diabetes weight loss plan, it's important to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator - because while

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  2. Does Prediabetes Lead to Diabetes?

    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, to answer a question about the link between prediabetes and diabetes. Q: At my last checkup

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  3. Type 1 in a Type 2 World

    Andrea Kolligian has learned that she's likely to get well-meaning comments if she eats a donut. "Can you eat that? Are you sure you can eat that?" a friend or coworker will ask. Kolligian, an administrative assistant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Managing Diabetes With Exercise: 6 Tips for Nerve Pain

    What kind of exercise is safe -- and fun -- if you have nerve damage from diabetes, called diabetic neuropathy? And how can you stay motivated after that first flush of inspiration fades? "It depends on where you're starting," says Dace L. Trence, MD, an endocrinologist and director of the Diabetes

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  10. Stock Your Kitchen for Diabetes Health

    Healthy cooking and snacking means having the right foods on hand. Whether you're preparing the evening's dinner, fixing a brown-bag lunch, or grabbing breakfast, you can stick with your diabetes meal plan if the right foods are in the pantry or fridge. "I believe in leading people toward smart fats

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