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Fifty-six year old Jim Dieter was diagnosed with diabetes after a blood glucose test revealed his blood sugar levels were dangerously high. To help manage his illness, Dieter has started to eat healthy, manage his portion sizes and regularly test his blood sugar levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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MORRIS – Last February, Jim Dieter started to lose weight. It was just a pound or two a week, and since his family was eating better anyway he figured it was normal.

Five months later, Dieter, age 56, had lost 40 pounds without really trying. He also felt thirsty all the time, and was making frequent trips to the bathroom, changes he couldn’t really explain.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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