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  1. What Is Ketosis?

    Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes compounds called ketones.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes and the Insulin Pump

    WebMD explains how the insulin pump works for people with type 2 diabetes.

  3. Diabetes Warning Signs

    Learn more from WebMD about the warning signs that you may have diabetes.

  4. Diabetes and Heart Tests

    If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing heart disease. WebMD explains some of the heart tests you may need to determine damage to the heart muscle.

  5. Diabetes and Emotions

    Understanding the emotional impact of diabetes is crucial to staying well. WebMD helps you learn how to keep your emotions balanced with lifestyle choices, social support, and mental health counseling.

  6. Diabetes and Salt

    WebMD offers tips for lowering the amount of salt we eat.

  7. Diabetes and Blurred Vision

    WebMD takes a look at some eye care guidelines for people with diabetes.

  8. Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

    How and which dietary supplements can help or harm people with diabetes? WebMD takes a look.

  9. Diabetes and Dietary Fat

    Avoiding unhealthy fats is a good idea if you have diabetes. WebMD provides dietary guidelines for eating foods that are lower in bad fats.

  10. Diabetes Exercise Checklist

    Exercise is a cornerstone of diabetes care, but it’s important to plan your diabetes fitness program carefully. This diabetes exercise checklist will help you cover the bases.

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