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  1. Eating on the Go When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

    Since you have type 2 diabetes, you’ve probably got your carb counting down at home and a good idea of what to eat to keep your blood sugar steady. Eating on the go may seem more random, but there are healthy options in every situation. You just have to know what to look for, wherever you are. “The

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  2. Aerobic & Strength Training Combo for Diabetes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of aerobic and resistance training may work better than either type of exercise alone in helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar, a new review finds. Researchers analyzed data from 14 studies

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  3. Insulin Pumps vs. Daily Injections for Type 2

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Insulin pumps provide better blood sugar control for adults with diabetes than multiple daily insulin injections, a new study says. Insulin pumps are small devices that are worn by patients and deliver constant amounts o

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  4. Gut Cells May Be Coaxed to Make Insulin for People With Type 1 Diabetes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are hopeful that cells inside the human gut might someday be retrained to produce insulin, the metabolic hormone that's lacking in people with type 1 diabetes. The team from Columbia University Medical C

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  5. Inhaled Insulin Afrezza: FAQ

    Editor's note: This story was updated on April 24, 2015, to reflect Afrezza's availability in U.S. pharmacies. June 30, 2014 -- Millions of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes will have another treatment option now that the FDA has approved an inhaled insulin. Called Afrezza, the rapid-acting insu

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  6. FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin

    June 27, 2014 -- The FDA has approved inhaled insulin to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The insulin, called Afrezza, is a rapid-acting insulin and is meant to be taken at mealtime or soon after. “Today’s approval broadens the options available" for delivering insulin in people with diabetes, Jean

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  7. Taste Buds Decline With Age -- Link With Diabetes?

    June 25, 2014 (Chicago) -- The number of taste buds on the tongue decreases as you age. This may be important because the fewer the taste buds, the higher your fasting blood sugar level, new research shows. This could be part of the reason there are more older adults with type 2 diabetes now, sugges

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  8. Foods and Drinks That Can Cause Blood Sugar Swings

    Just when you think you're making all the right food choices, your blood sugar takes a leap or dive. Foods and drinks can have an impact you might not expect, and these surprise blood-sugar changes can be harmful (potentially causing low or high levels). Here are some things you should consider: Don

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  9. Your Diabetes Menu Plan

    How do you get all the nutrition you need in a day while still being mindful of calories and carbs? The secret is to plan ahead. Meal planning depends on lots of things, like your taste preferences, medications, and activity level, says Jill Weisenberger, RDN, CDE, author of Diabetes Weight Loss --

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  10. Great Outdoor Workouts for People With Diabetes

    When you get moving, your body is better able to use insulin. This fall, get outside with a fun, flexible workout such as walking, swimming, or biking. Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE, an exercise physiologist at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, suggests you talk to your doctor before starting an

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