Type 2 Diabetes: 89 Proves You’re Never Too Old to Take Control

Though she still has a few months to go, Jokie Schwartz has already started planning her 90th birthday party. This year she has extra cause for celebration: Her doctor told her recently that her blood sugar is back in the normal range. “He told me I could eat more sweets than I do now,” says Schwartz, who gave up bread, potatoes, pasta and desserts (except

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Diabetes Health Type 2: 415-pound Type 2 Diabetic Sheds Weight To Become Fitness Coach

415-pound Type 2 Diabetic Sheds Weight To Become Fitness Coach Matt Toohey had always been on the heavy side, even as a college baseball player. When injuries ended his career after just one season at Herkimer County Community College in New York, he quit working out and buried his frustrations in food. His weight ballooned to 415 pounds. Sitting on the couch one day, Toohey

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Living With Type 1: NASCAR’s Ryan Reed Racing to Stop Diabetes

When he’s racing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, driver Ryan Reed keeps a close eye on his dashboard monitors, which track his blood sugar along with his car’s tire pressure, RPMs and water temperature. Reed was told his racing career was over when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17, that it was too dangerous to risk the disorientation of hypoglycemia (low blood

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Support Group Helps Energize & Inform

For as long as she can remember, Robin Wright has struggled with low energy, depression and intense sugar cravings that make it hard to control her weight. After she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 12 years ago, Wright, 63, couldn’t help wondering “if there isn’t a chicken and egg issue there.” Did she wind up with diabetes because of her health issues? Or were

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Rising Country Star Inspires Kids

When country singer Ben Rue isn’t on the road, you can sometimes find him working with kids who have type 1 diabetes, sharing stories about overcoming the challenges that come with the disease. “Just today, I got a note from a mom of one of the kids at camp, a 10-year-old who was recently diagnosed,” says Rue, one of four national finalists for this fall’s

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Two Hundred Pound Loss Helps Phillip Get Off of Insulin and Metformin

How did Phillip Brenneman lose 200 pounds and get off insulin, metformin and his cholesterol and blood pressure medications? The Garrett, Ind., man says he did it literally one step at a time. And in the beginning, even that was more than he could manage. Brenneman’s first attempts at exercise took place in his chair at home. Arm circles and leg lifts were  all he

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