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Counting Carbs? Understanding Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

The terms glycemic index and glycemic load are related to carbohydrates, a main type of nutrient in our diets. Learn more about complex carbs.

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Five Lifestyle Factors Lower Diabetes Risk

A combination of 5 healthy lifestyle factors may help reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes, even if family history puts you at risk for the disease.

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School Environment Affects Diabetes Risk

Research suggests that school-based changes might help reduce obesity and other diabetes risk factors in kids.

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