Diabetes can be managed if one makes lifestyle changes

Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is a chronic condition shown by insulin resistance and a gradual decrease in insulin secreted by the pancreatic beta cells. A recent study documented that only a small proportion of individuals with diabetes met the recommended targets for hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol. Poor blood glucose control can lead to several complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. Diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by following regular self-management practices.

Effective practices include lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, regular exercise, weight management, and stopping the use of tobacco. Along with lifestyle changes, self-monitoring of blood glucose, regular appointments with your doctor, quarterly HbA1c testing to monitor long term blood glucose control, and taking prescribed medications is vital. In addition, regular screening and physician visits for vision, feet, and renal problems are important to avoid serious complications that can occur due to poor blood glucose control.


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