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Exercise can help diabetics reduce their medication loads

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CHICAGO — When Jay Smith fell off his jogging routine, he gained 25 pounds and saw his average blood sugar level climb into dangerous territory.

So Smith, a 48-year-old Type 1 diabetic, did what many people do when they need to get in shape: He began a diet and workout regimen. But while exercise benefits everyone, diabetics in particular can see dramatic improvements in their health.

After completing the 12-week Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment (Why WAIT) fitness program at…

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