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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Glucose Meters: What's on the Horizon?

    If you've got diabetes, regular blood glucose (sugar) testing is a fact of life. And getting your all-important glucose level has become easier. Today's glucose meters are more sensitive, and require less blood -- which likely equates with less pain. That advance has been a big one for people with d

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  9. Healthy Eating with Type 2 Diabetes

    Healthy eating tips for people with type 2 diabetes.

  10. Stress and Diabetes

    It's hard to dispute that most of us live life at breakneck speed. It's the nature of a fast-paced society, where numerous family, social, and work obligations can easily overpower your precious time and resources. But for people with diabetes, both physical and emotional stress can take a greater t

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