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How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke if You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes have high rates of cardiovascular disease, but not if they have five risk factors under control.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments Compared

One of the most serious vision risks for people with diabetes is proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), a condition in which abnormal new blood vessels rupture and bleed inside the eye. Treatments that have been shown to slow the disease include a laser procedure called panretinal photocoagulation and anti-VEGF medication that blocks the formation of abnormal blood…

Supplements vs. Medication for Type 2 Diabetes

If you've recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be tempted to try supplements instead of the medication your doctor has prescribed. But that's a risky move. There's no reliable evidence that any supplement will help, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Are You Testing Your Blood Glucose Too Often?

Many people with low-risk type 2 diabetes are self-testing their glucose more often than they need to, according to a 2018 study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Keto Diets: What People with Diabetes Need to Know

If you have diabetes, you should undertake a ketogenic diet only under medical supervision. Here's why.

Troubling Findings on Infection Risk in People with Diabetes

Doctors have long known that people with diabetes are at greater risk of getting infections than people without diabetes. But exactly how much higher is the risk, and who is in the greatest danger?

Safety Alert: Are You Using Your Pen Needles Properly?

In case you missed it, last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted patients and their caregivers and healthcare providers about proper usage of standard pen needles in their pen injectors after ...

Intermittent Fasting: A Smart Strategy to Lower A1c Levels?

Losing weight is one of the best things you can do to help lower your blood glucose level if you're overweight or obese and have diabetes. But that's often easier said than done. Intermittent fasting might be easier than daily dieting for many people. But does it work as well as daily dieting to lower hemoglobin…

High Blood Sugar May Accelerate Age-Related Cognitive Decline

As we age, our cognitive abilities tend to decline. It's unfortunate, but normal. Now, a study in about 5,200 cognitively normal, older people living in England shows that this decline is more rapid in individuals with elevated blood sugar levels.

Protecting Your Vision If You Have Diabetes

Researchers have made significant advances in diagnosing and treating diabetic retinopathy, one of the most serious complications of diabetes. Even so, diabetic retinopathy remains a leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults in the developed world. Fortunately, there is plenty that individuals with diabetes can do to protect their vision, even if they already…