Your treatment for
type 2 diabetes will change over time to meet
your needs. But the focus of your treatment will always be
to keep your blood sugar levels within your target range. That will help prevent complications from type 2 diabetes,
such as eye, kidney, heart, blood vessel, and nerve disease.
Take medicines, if you need them. For more information, see Medications.
If you smoke, quit. Quitting can help you reduce your risk of heart disease and
stroke. For help, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Keep high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control. Losing weight and getting plenty of
exercise, such as walking at least 2½ hours a
week, can help lower blood pressure. But you may also need to take
medicines, such as an
ACE inhibitor or beta-blocker, to achieve your
goal. You may also need to take cholesterol-lowering
Making big changes like quitting smoking or changing the way you eat is hard. But you can do it if you set small goals and celebrate your successes. For help, see the topic Change a Habit by Setting Goals.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Your treatment may change if you get pregnant. For example, some medicines could harm your baby. If your blood sugar gets too high while you're pregnant, your baby might have problems at birth. Talk with your doctor.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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