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  1. 6 Ways to Support a Spouse With Diabetes

    When Gerri Weiss's husband, Michael, learned 22 years ago that he had type 1 diabetes, she faced what she calls one of the toughest challenge of her life: how to support her husband through a disease that often overwhelmed both of them. With 21 million Americans now diagnosed with diabetes, Weiss ha

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  2. Accepting My Diabetes

    When I was a little kid, my mother said I used to put sugar on everything, even Frosted Flakes. I loved sugar and for 14 glorious years I ate it without consequence. That all changed suddenly one day in 1986 when I failed a swim team physical and landed in the hospital. I had type 1 diabetes. The ho

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  3. Hugh Herr

    By Charles P. Pierce You can barely hear him over the hum of the machines, a low thrumming that is general throughout the halls and laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You have to lean forward a little when Hugh Herr talks about the arms and legs that he makes here in the MIT

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  4. Convenient Care: The Insulin Pump

    There's no substitute for the body's own blood sugar control mechanism, but insulin pumps may be the next best thing, say diabetes experts. An insulin pump is a compact, pager-sized, computerized device that can be worn on a belt. It is connected to the body via a flexible plastic tube through which

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  5. Saving on the Cost of Diabetes Care

    Carol Phillips has a problem -- a big one, but a common one. She is grappling with the cost of diabetes. At the end of May, her COBRA benefits from a former employer will run out, and she will join the ranks of more than 43 million Americans without health insurance. Because she was recently diagnos

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  6. Good Diabetes Care Is a Family Affair

    Diabetes has been particularly cruel to the Vandross family. When famed R&B singer Luther Vandross died last year at age 54 after a stroke brought on by diabetes, he became the last of Mary Ida Vandross' four children to fall to the disease. Mary Ida has also lost her husband -- who died at 39 -- an

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  7. Beyond Blood Sugar: Testing A1c

    What's your A1c? If you have diabetes and you don't know the answer, you should. "The A1c [or glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c] is critical in the management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes," says Fran Kaufman, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. "It's a wonderful test." Kaufman, who

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  8. Type 2 Diabetes: Coping With the News

    It's a tough diagnosis to swallow: You've got type 2 diabetes. You founder in a sea of unsettling, even frightening words -- glucose levels, blood testing meters, insulin, kidney disease, blindness, foot ulcers, amputation. "It can seem overwhelming at first," Lawrence Phillips, MD, an endocrinologi

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  9. Diabetes and the Risk of Fad Diets

    Remember Jared, the Subway Diet guy? He lost 245 pounds eating subs and not much else, every day for a year. If you want to lose weight, there are plenty of fad diets and gimmicks out there. Think: The Zone, Sugar-Busters, or the cabbage soup diet. Sure, you can lose weight -- but if you have diabet

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  10. Dieting With Diabetes? Watch Out!

    You have diabetes and you're ready to lose weight. First up: Be prepared to monitor your blood sugar carefully. That's because changes in your eating pattern - and weight loss itself -- affect your blood sugar level, so you'll probably need changes in your diabetes medicines. "Diabetes is about bala

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