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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. 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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    3. 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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    4. Diabetes Diet Success

      I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 4 years ago when I was 36. I noticed I'd get up to go to the bathroom a couple of times a night, something I'd never done before, and that was the trigger that something was wrong. My doctor ordered lab work, and then I knew. My grandmother had type 2 diabetes, m

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    5. Travel Smart With Type 1 Diabetes

      You dream of a vacation -- spending a week on a beach, hiking in the mountains, or exploring a faraway city. If your trip involves a flight, you might wonder how type 1 diabetes will complicate the hassles of air travel. But if you plan well, diabetes doesn’t have to keep you grounded. True, flight

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    6. 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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    7. Good-for-You Cookout Ideas

      Whether you fire up the grill or pack a picnic basket, summer meals offer a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy good food outdoors. How can you make your cookouts and picnics healthier? Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, research scientist at the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapol

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    8. Quick Quiz: Is Your Diabetes Under Control?

      It's important for you to track and manage your blood sugar levels, so you can keep your diabetes from getting worse. “Diabetes complications are preventable,” says WebMD Diabetes Community member NutriJoy, “but that requires a genuine commitment on your part to make whatever lifestyle changes are n

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    9. How to Support a Loved One With Diabetes

      If your spouse or partner has diabetes, you may sometimes feel like you worry more about the condition and the care involved than he or she does. John Zrebiec, LICSW, director of behavioral health services at Joslin Diabetes Center, says he sees a lot of this. “You can cheerlead and encourage and su

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    10. 5 Steps to Stop Prediabetes

      Have you or a family member just received a prediabetes diagnosis? This is a serious wake-up call, but it doesn't have to mean diabetes will develop. You can take steps to turn things around. It's an opportunity to start lifestyle changes or treatments, and slow or even prevent diabetes, says Gregg

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