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  1. Exercise, Diet Help People With High Blood Sugar

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people with high blood sugar at risk of type 2 diabetes, losing weight and exercising may lessen their chances of dying from heart disease or other conditions, a new long-term study suggests. People enrolled in the

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  2. Inhaled Insulin Should be Approved by FDA: Panel

    April 2, 2014 -- An inhaled insulin product to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes should be approved for sale in the United States, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said Tuesday. The panel of outside experts said that the product -- called Afrezza -- is not as effective as injected in

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  3. Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Against Diabetes

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery might do more than help people shed pounds. For some who have the surgery, it may also put type 2 diabetes into remission for several years, a new study suggests. The success rate in controlling diabet

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  4. Take Heart: Mediterranean Diet Combats Type 2 Diabetes, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to a so-called Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, especially if you're at high risk for heart disease. That's the finding of researchers who reviewed 19 studies that included more than

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  5. Are All Home-Based Blood Sugar Tests Equal?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, millions of people with diabetes -- both type 1 and type 2 -- rely on the results they get from their blood glucose meters to guide their treatment decisions. But, what if those test results were wrong? Recent r

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  6. Rare Mutation Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes

    March 5, 2014 -- Scientitsts who identified a rare mutation that protects people from developing type 2 diabetes say the finding may lead to the development of new drugs that can prevent the disease. The mutation -- which shields even overweight people from diabetes -- was pinpointed by the research

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  7. How Diabetes Affects Your Brain

    If you have diabetes, you likely know it can raise your chances of kidney and heart problems. But you may not know that diabetes can also affect your brain. "Even people who study diabetes may not always consider the impact of insulin in the brain," says Rita Kalyani, MD, assistant professor of medi

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  8. Diabetes and Men: Sexual Issues

    A funny thing happened to Jim Turner years ago when he was hiking with a girlfriend. It was evening, and the two were lying on a blanket under a full moon. The conditions were perfect for romance. "And I just had zero interest in sex," says Turner, an actor and dLife television host, who has type 1

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  9. Diabetes and Your Skin

    Diabetes gives you a good reason to pamper your skin. You are more prone to skin problems like dryness. Scarring from insulin shots can affect how your body absorbs insulin. And because diabetes raises your chances of infection, even a minor skin condition can become a more serious problem. People w

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  10. Diabetes: Counting Carbs

    When you found out you have diabetes, your doctor may have asked you to start counting carbohydrates. In fact, it's very likely your doctor did if you take insulin, or are being treated with intensive therapy, or have type 1 diabetes. Counting carbs can help you better manage your blood sugars. Mayb

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