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  1. 7 Tips for Tasty, Diabetes-Friendly Meals

    You can have delicious food that meets your needs for managing your type 2 diabetes. You have more options than you may realize. “It all comes down to having the right ingredients on hand for making meals both diabetes-friendly and delicious,” says Jackie Newgent, RD, author of The With or Without M

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. New High-Tech Tools to Help Control Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, you'll want to know about some new, high-tech gadgets and tools made to help you keep track of what you eat, your blood sugar levels, how much you exercise, and how you feel each day. Some of these include: Smartphone, tablet, or computer apps where you log your blood sugar or

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  5. Fast-Slow Walking May Be Better for Diabetes

    Aug. 5, 2014 -- Periods of power walking mixed with strolling at a more leisurely pace may be a more effective way for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels, rather than walking at a constant speed, according to a small study. Exercise helps people with type 2 diabetes control the

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  6. Poor People With Diabetes More Likely to Lose Limb

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor people with diabetes are much more likely to lose a limb to the disease than affluent patients are, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found the odds of having a

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  7. FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it approved a new drug, Jardiance, to help fight type 2 diabetes. Jardiance (empagliflozin) "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control b

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  8. Young Adults With Diabetes & Jump in Doctor Visits

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent

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  9. Overcoming Diabetes Diet Mistakes

    It happens. You stepped off the diet that's helping you manage your diabetes. Now it's time to get back on track. The sooner you do that, the better -- for your health and your peace of mind. These simple strategies can help you get right back on track with healthy eating. So you had some chocolate

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  10. Insulin Delivery Systems: An Overview

    You need insulin to control your diabetes. But there are a few decisions you and your doctor still need to make, including how that insulin is delivered. Insulin delivery options include pens, syringes, pumps, jet injectors, and even an inhaler. "Very often the choice is determined by what their ins

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