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How do you control diabetes?

Posted 02/1/13|Asked by Alisha

Taking control of diabetes means not letting diabetes control you. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise, checking blood sugar levels, and taking blood sugar-lowering medications as prescribed can help control type 2 diabetes. If you, a family member, or friend have diabetes, you can find many resources on this site and online... READ MORE

Is diabetes a serious illness?

Posted 01/18/13|Asked by Sarah P.

Diabetes can be a very serious illness, if not controlled. Diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. -Tanya Shelton, RN CDE Certified Diabetes Educator, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Reference: Take Control! Diabetes Workbook,... READ MORE

Can I get Type 2 diabetes?

Posted 01/15/13|Asked by Jackson

Anyone can develop diabetes type 2 diabetes. Persons from certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans, have a higher risk for diabetes. Everyone over 45 should have a blood sugar (glucose) test at least every 3 years. Regular testing of blood sugar levels should begin... READ MORE