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Getting on Track
Gestational diabetes -- high blood sugar during pregnancy -- was Sybil Payne's first brush with the disease, but not her last. By the time she was in her 50s, heart disease -- a common complication of diabetes -- was taking its toll. But then she met Dr. Neica Goldberg of Lenox Hill Hospital's Women's Heart Program, who got her on track with better treatment.

What lessons does Sybil's story have for people with type 2? Why do type 2 diabetics have special reason to worry about cardiovascular disease? What kinds of complications can result from untreated diabetes?

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in mid-October confirmed that nearly one-third of adult Americans is obese... more than 20 percent over the healthy weight for their frame and age.... And many millions more are overweight by a smaller percentage. "The larding of America," as one tabloid headline put it, is one of the reasons type 2 diabetes is on the rise and getting worse.
Sponsored by a drug manufacturer, but a concise overview of heart disease and diabetes.
Homepage of the American Diabetes Association.
Highly rated health Web site -- includes some links sponsored by drug manufacturers.

The National Institutes of Health's Diabetes Information Clearing House, offering a free low-cost booklets in English and Spanish.

Extensive diabetes information in English and Spanish, managed and edited by librarians and health care providers.
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A Different Disease?: After losing a son to type 1 diabetes, the Murphys thought they knew everything about the illness -- until Joe was diagnosed with type 2. A Different Disease
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Keeping Your Symptoms at Bay: Eleven-year-old Stacy has lost seventy pounds, and her blood sugar level has returned to normal. Keep your Symptoms at Bay
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