Ask an Expert FAQs — Your Diabetes Questions Answered

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Diabetes is not a one-size-fits-all disease. Age, gender, other health issues – these and many other things can affect how diabetes manifests itself in your body. These variances can prompt endless questions throughout a lifetime of diabetes management. But there is one thing you can be sure of – you are not alone. There is always someone else who has the same questions.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, experienced, or are helping to care for someone who has diabetes, these frequently asked questions are your starting place to finding out what you want to know about diabetes and how to effectively manage it. But remember, your primary care physician is the best person to answer your specific questions about your specific situation.

Select a category below to see the answers to over 50 frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for, submit your question to our diabetes experts.


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Last Modified Date: February 25, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
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