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Type 2 Diabetes Treatment: Lifestyle Changes continued...

When it comes to food choices, Cypess says that there is no one-size-fits-all diabetes diet. "You have to be flexible and creative in developing a meal plan," he tells WebMD. Cypess says that many people -- but not all -- do well on low-carb and Mediterranean diets. The key is to work with an expert, such as a dietitian with experience treating diabetes. You need a custom plan. It has to be something that you can stick with for the long haul.

While research over the last decade has shown just how well lifestyle changes work for diabetes, there's a catch. We also have a clearer understanding of the drawbacks. It's hard to make big changes to your diet and lifestyle that stick, Kalyani says.

For that reason, Kalyani says that many diabetes doctors are now quicker to get people onto drugs than they were in the past. Given the importance of glucose control, doctors may be less likely to wait while a person keeps trying, without real success, to adopt healthier habits.

Type 2 Diabetes Treatment: Getting Control

One of the biggest changes in diabetes management has not come from a medication or a device. Instead, it's a different approach. Diabetes doctors are much more aggressive in treating the disease.

"There's much more emphasis on catching diabetes early and treating it earlier," says Janet B. McGill, MD, an endocrinologist and professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "We have strong evidence of how poorly controlled diabetes can have serious complications later. We're acting faster in doing something about it."

More important than any specific treatment, experts say, is good control of your condition and regular medical care.

"If you're getting the right support, managing diabetes is very straightforward," says Cypess. "With good treatment, anyone with diabetes can learn how to control this disease. It doesn't have to control you."

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Reviewed on September 08, 2011

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