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Ask an expert: 57, female, and now diabetic

Q: “I am 57 years old and have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have always tried to eat healthfully and stay in shape, especially because I had gestational diabetes, but I am about 10 or 15 pounds overweight. Did I make myself sick? What should I do now?”

Ask an expert: A strength-training prescription for diabetes

Q: "It's common knowledge that walking and other kinds of exercise can help people control diabetes and pre-diabetes, but I recently read that...

Ask an Expert: Can a young, healthy, active adult get diabetes?

Q: Can an active, 32-year-old Caucasian female who eats well and who does not suffer from obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol be diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? If so, how common is this?

Answer from Susanna Reiner, R.N., B.S.N., diabetes nurse educator, Providence Diabetes Education:

Ask an Expert: Could frequent urination mean that I have diabetes?

Q: I am a 14-year-old, very thin girl. I eat mostly healthy foods, but I have a bowl of ice cream or a bag of chips every now and then. I have had frequent urination, even though I haven't had anything to drink in the last 24 hours. Am I at risk for getting diabetes? How can I find out if I have diabetes without going to the doctor?

Answer provided by Susanna Reiner, R.N., C.D.E., certified diabetes nurse educator, Providence Health & Services:

Ask an Expert: Diet and exercise resources for people with diabetes

Q: My 34-year-old sister weighs 363 pounds and has been diagnosed with diabetes. Our entire family is physically active and wants to help save her life, but we have no idea where to begin with such an overweight person. Where can we get information on a suitable diet and exercise program for her? Answer from Susanna Reiner, R.N., B.S.N., diabetes nurse educator, Providence Diabetes Education Services

Ask an expert: Eating to beat prediabetes

Q: “I just found out I have prediabetes. All the dietary info I find online seems so complicated. Can you give me some simple guidelines for how to eat to get back to normal?”

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Providence Diabetes and Health Education Center Map

New westside location! Map of Providence Diabetes and Health Education Center on 9340 SW Barnes Rd.

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You probably think about what’s for dinner far more often than you think about how your kidneys are doing. But what you eat can affect your kidneys in profound ways.

Expert Q&A: Cardiac surgery care for diabetics

Answers provided by Tony Furnary, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

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