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    1. Why Does Blood Sugar Spike in the Morning?

      Joan Bardsley, RN, CDE, is an assistant vice president at MedStar Health Research Institute. Q. Why does my blood sugar spike in the morning? A. There are many reasons for a high reading. First, look at food. What you ate the night before may be behind the blood sugar spike -- for example, if you at

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    2. Get Cart-Smart: Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

      You can eat well with type 2 diabetes when you make smart choices at the grocery store. So how do you reach the checkout with a cart full of healthy and tasty options? Two diabetes educators offer their tips. Enter with a plan. Before you hit the store, take 5 minutes to decide what meals you'll mak

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    3. Blood Sugar Highs and Lows

      When you have type 2 diabetes, you want to avoid hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. The words sound alike, but the two conditions are very different. What's hyperglycemia? It means high blood sugar. Blood sugar can run high when you eat too much. And "if you take diabetes medicine, you can get high blo

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    4. Plain Truth: Diabetes Myths Debunked

      Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases -- and one of the most misunderstood. "Even patients who do their best to be well-informed have misconceptions about the disease," says Fredric Kraemer, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford University. "Because diabetes is so prevalent, education

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    5. Have Diabetes? Make a Move

      Ready to get fit? It'll help you take charge of your diabetes, burn stress, and make you feel good. Once your doctor gives you the green light, the choice is yours. Pick an activity you'll enjoy, and follow these tips for success. Check your blood sugar (glucose) before and after exercise. "It's a m

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    6. Dinner in 30: Fast, Diabetes-Friendly Meals

      You want to serve up a healthy dinner, but the hectic crunch of weeknights can make it hard to muster anything more than a plate of spaghetti or some takeout. Good news: You can feed your family (or just yourself) a well-balanced, flavorful meal in less than 30 minutes with these tips. "Plan to be b

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    7. 'How I Took Control of My Diabetes'

      I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 35 -- I’m 40 now -- and I have a strong family history of the disease. My late mom had it. Her sister and my two brothers have it, and my brothers have had extensive complications from diabetes. Hearing what they’ve gone through is scary. After I was d

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    8. Type 1 Diabetes: Are You as Smart as a 2nd Grader?

      All you really need to know about type 1 diabetes Eric Hamblin likely learned in kindergarten. This 8-year-old was diagnosed at 18 months of age, and he already has enough smarts to teach first-year med students a thing or two about the disease. “I just want to say one thing, and that’s you guys don

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    9. What to Eat to Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check

      You need to eat wisely to keep your diabetes in check. The key is to choose healthy foods and portion sizes so that you can control both your weight and blood sugar levels. The first step: Learn what’s good for you, says diabetes educator Emmy Suhl, RD, CDE, of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. “The

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    10. Simple Steps for Diabetes Foot Care

      You may not give your feet much thought, but when you have diabetes, they deserve your full attention.  Over time, high blood sugar can damage nerves in the feet, causing you to lose sensation. It's a condition called neuropathy, says podiatrist Robert W. Herpen, DPM, assistant professor at Temple U

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