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How can I manage my diabetes?

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Diabetes can't be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. The goals of managing diabetes are to:

  • Keep your blood sugar levels as close to goal as possible by balancing food intake with diabetes medication and physical activity.
  • Maintain your blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels as near their normal ranges as possible by following a healthy eating plan low in processed foods, added sugars, and saturated fat. A medication may also be needed.
  • Control your blood pressure. Your goal should be to keep your blood pressure below 130/80.

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: “Recently Diagnosed.” 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): “Diabetes Overview.” 

National Diabetes Education Program: “About Diabetes and Pre-diabetes.” 

Saaddine, J. , 2006. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: “Recently Diagnosed.” 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): “Diabetes Overview.” 

National Diabetes Education Program: “About Diabetes and Pre-diabetes.” 

Saaddine, J. , 2006. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

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