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  1. Top 10 Type-2 Superfoods

    Yes, variety is essential when it comes to diabetes. But these 10 tried-and-true staples are nutrient-rich, protect against chronic diseases, and are ideal foods for people with type 2 diabetes, says Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, WebMD's director of nutrition. Plus, they're delicious. Berries A smar

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  2. By the Numbers: Prediabetes

    Total health care costs for diabetes in the U.S.: $218 billion. Estimated number of people in the U.S. who have prediabetes: 79 million. Total health care costs to cover prediabetes: $25 billion. Reduced risk of developing diabetes over three years if you follow a healthy food and exercise program:

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  3. Take 5: Diabetes

    If you're one of the nearly 24 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes, you know your body has difficulty using or producing insulin. What can you do to manage the disease? We asked Jill Crandall, MD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the diabetes clinical trials unit at Albert Ei

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  4. 6 Tips to Get Your Diabetes Under Control

    Living well with type 2 diabetes means making certain precautions part of your routine, says Amy Campbell, MS, RD, CDE, manager of clinical education programs at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. She offers this advice. Make a date with a dietitian. "It's a myth that there's a one-size-fits-all diab

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  5. New Devices Improve Diabetes Control

    July 9, 2012 -- By combining insulin pumps with continuous blood sugar sensors, people with diabetes get better blood sugar control than those using finger-stick testing and insulin shots, new research suggests. The findings come from an analysis of studies comparing new technologies to traditional

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  6. Sugar Substitutes Can Lead to Weight Loss

    July 9, 2012 -- Substituting other sweeteners for sugars may help people lose weight and help people with diabetes control blood sugar, according to a new joint statement issued by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. "When you use these non-nutritive sweeteners smar

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  7. Eat Breakfast, Cut Diabetes Risk

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Your mom was right, again. Don't skip breakfast! A new study shows that people who eat breakfast every day are less likely to become obese, develop type 2 diabetes, or gain fat around their tummy. Even having breakfast just four to six times a week may help, says rese

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  8. Progress Continues Toward Artificial Pancreas

    June 12, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Efforts to make an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes have taken another step forward, with two new studies showing progress toward that goal. Both studies, presented here at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, were small, and more wor

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  9. Type 1 Diabetes Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise

    June 11, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- In an early study, an experimental stem cell procedure helped 15 teens with type 1 diabetes stay off of insulin injections for about 1.5 years, on average. The study was very small, and the procedure is not ready for widespread use. "We now have a unique approach with

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  10. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Rising Among U.S. Youth

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are rising among U.S. kids and teens, according to the first national snapshot of diabetes rates among American youths. The new report, presented this weekend in Philadelphia at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, shows a 23%

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