Sept. 14, 2011 -- Worldwide, 366 million people have diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation says. That's 54 million more people than the entire population of the United States. This year, an estimated 4.6 million people will die of diabetes -- far more people than the 3.8 million people liv
You need insulin to control your diabetes. That seems pretty straightforward. Yet there are a few decisions you and your doctor still need to make -- including how that insulin is delivered. The three main insulin delivery options are a pen, syringe, or pump. There are also a few newer insulin deliv
Type 2 diabetes treatment has come a long way in the last 10 years, experts say, with new drugs and devices adding up to better lives for patients. "In the last decade, I think that we've transformed the way we manage diabetes," says Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, assistant professor at Harvard Medical Sch
Tammy Williams was no stranger to diabetes. The North Carolina children’s librarian, now on disability, had originally been diagnosed with Type II diabetes in her mid-20s. For years, she had been managing her diabetes through diet modification and oral medications. But about six years ago, she enter
Sept. 5, 2011 -- Multiple lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption increase a person’s risk of diabetes. But new research suggests that a person’s odds of developing the disease may decrease for each positive lifestyle change they make. Lifestyle factors that can influence the risk
It's a tricky balancing act - using diabetes medications to keep blood sugar at just the right level. You're coasting along, trying to "eat right," when suddenly you're confronted with a crisis -- sharing a very large pizza. It's so difficult turning away from pizza -- yet you face the inevitable bl
Most people with diabetes have learned that what they choose to eat and drink can help raise or lower their blood sugar levels after meals. So which foods should you choose if you have diabetes? There are four components in food that can affect your blood sugar: Carbohydrates Fiber Protein Fat Carbo
If you have diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose is important. But it’s not enough. "It's crucial that everyone with diabetes -- and their doctors -- watch for signs of kidney problems too," says Rita Kalyani, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Kidney failure is a se
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 d
If you have diabetes, you may know that insulin levels can have a direct impact on your risk of complications such as kidney damage and heart disease. What you may not know is that insulin levels may affect the brain too. "Even people who study diabetes may not always consider the impact of insulin
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