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Zumba for Diabetes

Zumba for Diabetes

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The Zumba motto is, “Forget the workout and join the party!” Learn how you can get started with this exercise in disguise…

Metabolic Surgery

Metabolic Surgery

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Metabolic surgery is an umbrella term for a number of surgical procedures that improve blood glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes who are obese…

Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetic Dermopathy

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Diabetic dermopathy (sometimes called “shin spots”) typically appears as dull red or brown scaly patches on the shins that don’t sting or itch…

Six Little-Known Diabetes Symptoms

Six Little-Known Diabetes Symptoms

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Most people are aware of the classic signs and symptoms of diabetes, but by some estimates, more than 7 million people in the United States are undiagnosed. Learn about six little-known diabetes symptoms…

Glycogenolysis

Glycogenolysis

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The breakdown of glycogen, the stored form of energy found in muscle and liver tissue, into glucose, which the body can readily use…

Cardiac Stent

Cardiac Stent

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A small mesh tube used to treat narrow or weak coronary arteries. People with diabetes are especially prone to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque, a waxy substance, builds up inside the arteries…

ACCORD Study

ACCORD Study

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A large clinical study designed to determine whether various interventions could reduce heart risk in people with Type 2 diabetes…

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

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The treatment of discomfort, symptoms, and psychological stress associated with serious illness. Some people confuse palliative care with end-of-life care…

Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics

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The study of genetic variations that can affect how an individual responds to specific drugs, in terms of both effectiveness and adverse events…

Choosing a Hearing Aid

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I came to loathe the first pair of hearing aids I ever tried over five years ago. The audiologist took great delight in explaining all of the fancy electronics inside them, but I didn’t find them very impressive in the real world. ..

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet

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A diet that has been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure. This eating plan is the product of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, which showed that the plan results in significantly lower blood pressure than the traditional American diet…

Protecting Your Kidneys From Kidney Disease

Protecting Your Kidneys

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There are now a number of measures you can take that have been scientifically proven to protect your kidneys and lower the risk of developing diabetes-related kidney disease…

Generic Drugs

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People with diabetes often take multiple drugs, including blood-glucose-lowering pills or insulin, blood-pressure-lowering pills, and cholesterol-lowering pills. The cost of all these medicines can really add up. One way to save money on medicines is to…

Healthy Aging With Diabetes

Healthy Aging With Diabetes

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Today, thanks to better tools for managing diabetes and preventing and treating its complications, people with diabetes have the opportunity to live longer than ever before…

Hyperglycemic Crises

Hyperglycemic Crises

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One type results in about 100,000 hospitalizations a year with a mortality rate of under 5%. The other is thought to cause fewer hospitalizations, yet the mortality rate is about 15%. Severe hyperglycemic conditions involve very serious imbalances in blood chemistry…

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

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A blood clot that forms deep within the body. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) most commonly occurs in the lower leg, but may also develop in other parts of the body…

Beta-Cell Regeneration

Beta-Cell Regeneration

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A natural process that creates new beta cells, which make and secrete insulin in the pancreas. Diabetes researchers are interested in exploiting its underlying mechanisms to prevent, treat, or cure type 1 diabetes…

Man checking blood sugar -- What Is a Lancet?

Lancet: Definition and Overview

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A pointed piece of surgical steel encased in plastic, used to puncture the skin on one’s finger (or other body part) to get a blood sample. Other types of lancets are used for making small incisions, as in the draining of boils and abscesses. Lancets for…

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

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A type of diabetes first diagnosed during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnancies, resulting in roughly 135,000 cases in the United States each year…

What Is Hemochromatosis & How Is It Diagnosed?

Hemochromatosis: Definition and Overview

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A common inherited disorder in which the body absorbs and stores abnormally high amounts of iron, causing damage to certain organs. Hemochromatosis tends to coexist with diabetes, for reasons that aren’t completely clear.

Hereditary…

Blood test vials -- Fasting Plasma Glucose Test: Definition and Overview

Fasting Plasma Glucose Test: Definition and Overview

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A test that screens for diabetes by measuring the level of glucose in a person’s blood plasma after a period of fasting (not eating). The fasting plasma glucose test is given to nonpregnant adults who are at high risk for diabetes. According to the…

What Is Edema & What Causes It

Edema: Definition and Overview

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Abnormal accumulation of fluid in various body tissues, causing swelling. The swelling may affect any of a number of body sites, such as the legs, ankles, and feet; the hands; the back or abdomen; and even the eyelids…

Woman in hospital bed -- What Is a Pressure Sore & How to Prevent One

Pressure Sore: Definition and Overview

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A sore, or ulcer, caused by prolonged pressure against the skin and underlying tissue. The pressure cuts the blood flow to the affected area; the resulting ulcer can be extremely painful, and if left untreated may lead to such serious consequences as…

Beta Cells

Beta Cells

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The cells located within the islets of Langerhans of the pancreas that secrete insulin…

 

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