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Diabetes Rates Have Nearly Doubled

Diabetes affects many Americans. You or a loved one may even have it. It’s a disease that can have an impact on your entire body—in particular, your heart, eyes, and kidneys. It’s the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. And it’s on the rise.

Shoulder Surgery Can Relieve RA Symptoms

The human shoulder is an anatomical wonder. It’s more flexible than any other joint in your body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can limit this range of movement. So much so, that you may want to consider surgery to relieve pain and stiffness.

Having a Baby? Get Screened for Diabetes

If you are a mother-to-be, your health is central to your baby’s well-being. Gestational diabetes can threaten this vital connection. It can cause trouble with delivery, premature birth, and other serious problems. That’s why health experts recommend that all pregnant women be screened for the disease.

Good Blood Sugar Control Vital for Wound Healing

When you have diabetes, a small scrape or cut can turn into a big problem. A wound may take a long time to heal. Even worse, it may become infected. The results of a recent study reinforce just how important good blood sugar control is for proper wound healing.

Eye Care Critical If You Have Diabetes

Much of the damage diabetes does to your body you can’t see. That includes diabetic retinopathy. This eye problem usually causes no early symptoms. But it can lead to poor vision and even blindness. Taking care of your eyes can prevent it and other eye diseases.

Getting Personal About Diabetes and Nutrition

What you eat plays an important part in how well you manage your diabetes. For the best blood sugar control, is it better to follow a Mediterranean diet? What about becoming a vegetarian? The latest nutrition guidelines from the American Diabetes Association decipher this diet dilemma. They also dish out other nutrition basics.

Diabetes Can Be Challenging for Older Adults

Diabetes is never easy to manage. That may especially ring true if you are older than 65. Older adults tend to face more health challenges than younger people with the disease.

People with Diabetes Often Have Arthritis, Too

You may have no trouble walking, taking a shower, or even changing clothes. But for people with diabetes or arthritis, these simple daily activities can become hard to do — even more so if they suffer from both conditions. A recent study found it’s not uncommon for people to have this disabling duo.

Watch Out for Diabetes Drug Scams

Diabetes is becoming a health reality for more and more Americans. In response to this epidemic, dishonest companies want to cash in. Their products—sold online or in stores as dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and unapproved prescriptions—masquerade as proven diabetes treatments.

After-Meal Walks May Cut Diabetes Risk

Scientists have yet to invent a pill that prevents type 2 diabetes. But you have the next best thing: exercise. And you don't necessarily need to spend lots of time doing it. In fact, a recent study suggests just a 15-minute walk after every meal may help stave off the disease.

Diabetes May Be Worse for Women

Between men and women, diabetes doesn't always play fair. Both sexes are just as likely to develop the disease. But science shows that women may fare worse once they have it, particularly in terms of heart health.

Could You Have Prediabetes?

Most people have heard of diabetes - and may even know someone who has it. But what about prediabetes? If you aren't aware of it, you're not the only one. A recent government report found that many Americans aren't familiar with the condition, even those who have it.

Good Skin Care Essential if You Have Diabetes

As your body's largest organ, your skin is a master multitasker. It keeps fluids in, preventing dehydration. It regulates body temperature. It senses external stimuli, such as pain. It produces vitamin D from sunlight. And perhaps its most important task: It protects the body from infection. No doubt, keeping your skin healthy is important, especially if you have diabetes.

For Diabetes: Go Mediterranean

Eating a nutritious diet is important when you have diabetes. Putting certain foods on your plate-such as fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains-can help you better control blood sugar levels. Enter the Mediterranean diet. It's been shown to boost heart health. And now, research finds it may be useful in managing diabetes, too.

Diabetes and Depression: A Troubling Connection

How you feel physically can certainly influence how you feel mentally - and vice-versa. A prime example of that connection is diabetes and depression. Ongoing research suggests that people with either health condition are at higher risk of developing the other. By themselves, diabetes and depression can be hard to deal with. Together, they can seriously affect your overall health.

Diabetes Prevention: It’s All in the Family

Every family passes something down - your grandmother's wedding band, Uncle Joe's lucky tackle box, an older brother's clothes. Did you know you can even pass down a tendency to develop diabetes? Family history is one of the leading risk factors for this serious disease. And it isn't all in the genes. Lifestyle plays a decisive role, too.

3 Potential New Tactics for Preventing Diabetes

If you like to follow the latest trends, here's one you should skip: More Americans are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This serious disease already affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S. Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect yourself. Proven tactics include regular exercise and a healthy diet. Recent research also points to three other possible ways to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Obesity Epidemic Drives Dramatic Rise in Diabetes

More and more Americans are becoming obese. A wider waist increases their risk for heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. A new government report found this obesity epidemic is also tied to another troubling health trend. It's spurring a spike in type 2 diabetes.

Eat More Legumes for Better Diabetes Control

If you have type 2 diabetes, you probably already know that you need to keep a close eye on what you eat. Certain foods can affect how well you manage your condition. A recent study suggests people with diabetes should try adding more legumes to their diet. Researchers found that eating more of them may lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Hispanics and Type 2 Diabetes Risk

As an ethnic group, Hispanic/Latino Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found one reason: Hispanic/Latino Americans are more likely to store fat in their pancreas but less able to produce more insulin to compensate for this extra fat.

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