- If you watch your diet, exercise regularly, and take any prescribed medications, you can control your diabetes.
- Stick to your Diabetes management plan,it’s easier if you stay motivated and continue to make changes in your life.
- Diabetes management requires good blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure and cholesterol control.
About 90% to 95% of people with diabetes have Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition. When someone is first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the cornerstones of management are often, initially, what many health-care professionals term “diet and exercise,” or, more appropriately, “lifestyle changes.” In other words, a person in the early stages of Type 2 diabetes may be able to control his blood glucose levels nicely by following a carbohydrate- and calorie-controlled meal plan, losing some weight (if necessary), and fitting regular physical activity into his or her schedule. At this stage of the game, the body is still making enough insulin, and healthy eating and activity help the body use its own insulin quite efficiently.
Over time, however, diabetes progresses, and lifestyle changes simply aren’t enough anymore to control blood glucose levels. At this point, a person with Type 2 diabetes will likely need to start taking medicine in addition to continuing with those healthy lifestyle changes. Medicine is usually in the form of one or more diabetes pills.
Patients need to put diabetes high on their priority list. The results of the 10-year Diabetes Control and Complications Trial showed patients who lowered their blood glucose levels slowed the onset and progress of eye, kidney and nerve damage caused by diabetes.
It’s really about making small changes to the things they like to do and like to eat so their blood sugars can be under control”,says Dr.Edelmann,founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes,
There’s no magic bullet. Managing diabetes requires taking ownership of your disease. A positive attitude is important. Once you start implementing changes and start seeing the results, it’s easier for you to stay motivated and continue to make changes in your life.
Stick to your diabetes management plan. If you watch your diet, exercise regularly, and take any prescribed medications, you can control your diabetes. Stay in touch with your doctor so you know your numbers — your glucose level, your A1C, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol count. Should they go above the levels that are right for you, look for possible causes and see what happens if you make changes. Your doctor may have additional suggestions for how to get your numbers back where they should be.
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