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  1. Weight Loss Surgery: Diabetes Cure?

    Sept. 8, 2014 -- Weight loss surgery is an expensive and potentially risky way to treat type 2 diabetes. Yet more studies are showing it can also be very successful -- in some cases, more so than drugs and lifestyle changes. Despite what experts are calling “remarkable” results, though, they’re not

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  2. Can Prediabetes Raise Risk of Certain Cancers?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having prediabetes may increase a person's risk for cancer, researchers report. The researchers analyzed 16 studies that included nearly 900,000 people from around the world and found that people with prediabetes had a 15

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  3. Diabetes and Exercise: Success Story

    When Jennifer Auyer's father died at age 64 from complications of type 2 diabetes, she faced a turning point in her own struggle with the disease. Her father's diabetes had led to heart disease, a quadruple bypass, a foot amputation, vision problems, and other serious health problems. "It was a real

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  4. New Test Helps Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test that may help doctors diagnose type 1 diabetes, the most common form diagnosed in children and adolescents. The Kronus ZnT8Ab Elisa Assay may help some people

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  5. 9 Dos and Don'ts of Dieting With Diabetes

    Slimming down can help get your blood sugar levels back into the normal range, and in some cases even cut down on or eliminate the need for medication. Easier said than done? Boost your odds of long-term success by following these expert tips. "Losing weight is more like a marathon than a sprint; yo

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  6. Can You Drink Alcohol if You Have Diabetes?

    Q: My husband has diabetes and says it's OK to drink alcohol. Is that true? A: Alcohol poses several problems for people with diabetes. First, after an initial spike in blood sugar, alcohol causes that level to drop. Because being tipsy causes the same symptoms as low blood sugar (sleepiness and dis

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  7. 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes: CDC

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their adult lives, according to new U.S. government estimates. The ongoing diabetes and obesity epidemics have combined wit

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  8. Can I Eat Fruit if I Have Diabetes?

    Fruit is not off-limits if you have type 2 diabetes. It has too many good things going for it, such as fiber and nutrients, as well as its natural sweetness. These fruits are good choices. Keep in mind that fruit gives you carbs, and “as with any carbohydrate, it's important to be mindful of serving

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  9. 6 Low-Carb Food Makeovers

    You watch what you eat because of your diabetes, and you know some of your favorite comfort foods can be a problem. You don't have to give them up if you know how to change them. “Many of my clients are reluctant to part with their highly processed favorites because they don’t think their cravings c

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  10. Got Diabetes and High Blood Pressure? 9 Diet Tips

    Two out of three people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. Keeping your diet in check -- counting carbs, limiting sugar, eating less salt -- is key. You can still eat well and manage your conditions with these easy tips. Since you have high blood pressure, you should get no more than 1,500

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