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  1. High Estrogen Levels, Diabetes, & Dementia Risk

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with high levels of the hormone estrogen may be at a greater risk for dementia, especially if they also have diabetes, new research suggests. Using data from a large study that included more than 5,600

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  2. Smartphone Apps for Diabetes: Do They Really Work?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes requires a great deal of time, memory and math skills. There are carbohydrates to count, medication doses to calculate and blood sugar levels to track. Today, there are numerous applications for smartp

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  3. Adults With Diabetes Need a Flu Shot: Experts

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with diabetes are vulnerable to flu and its complications, experts say. Now a large new study finds they're also at higher risk of being hospitalized for flu. The study, which focused on people aged 18 to 64, prov

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  4. The Link Between Stress and Blood Sugar

    Sherri Buffington knows right away when she's stressed out. "I'll start to feel hot," she says. Once the warmth floods her body, she tests her blood sugar. It's almost always high. Buffington isn't imagining the connection. Stress is known to spike blood sugar, also called glucose. "It's a very comm

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  5. Chocolate, Tea, Berries May Cut Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet that includes substances found in chocolate, tea and berries could help protect people against diabetes and other diseases, new research shows. The study included nearly 2,000 healthy women in the United Kingdom wh

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  6. Google Crafting Contact Lenses for Diabetes

    Jan. 17,  2014 -- Google is working on contact lenses with special sensors to monitor diabetes blood sugar levels. The lens measures blood sugar levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniature blood-sugar sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. “Uncontrolled blood

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  7. The Daily Diabetes Care Checklist

    When you have type 2 diabetes, it's often a juggling act to remember all of your daily tasks. Nora Saul, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator and manager for nutrition services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, offers this "healthy habits" checklist to guide you through the day. Check your blood suga

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  8. Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

    You've heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that's especially true when you have type 2 diabetes. A healthy breakfast can help you control your weight and keep blood sugar stable, says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD. She's a Chicago-based certified diabetes educator. What should your

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  9. Allergy Tips for People With Diabetes

    Aaachoooo! It's that time of year again: spring allergy season. For about 1 in 5 people, warm weather brings not only blooming flowers and trees but also the telltale symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergies) -- sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes. For those wi

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  10. New Diabetes Drug Approved by FDA

    Jan. 9, 2014 -- A new pill to treat adults with type 2 diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Farxiga (dapaglifozin) tablets were approved to improve patients' blood sugar control, in combination with diet and exercise. The approval is based on findings from 16 clinical

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