Be Vigilant

Nutrition, exercise, and weight control are crucial in preventing diabetes. It’s important to be physically active and to keep your body weight in check. If you already have diabetes, certain habits can help prevent or decrease the risk of the complications. Pay attention to what you eat and how much physical activity you do each day. Treatment of diabetes focuses on lowering blood glucose levels and preventing the long-term harmful effects of the disease. Controlling your weight through diet and exercise is especially important if you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes.
Treatment for diabetes prescribed by your doctor may include the following:
•Dietary management
Regular physical activity
Regular testing of your blood sugar using a device called a “glucometer”
Medication prescribed by your doctor in some cases, which helps keep your blood sugar in your target range (generally 3.9 to 7.2 mmol/L (or 70 to 130 mg/dL) before meals, and less than 10 mmol/L (or 180 mg/dL) one to two hours after the start of a meal)1
ο Medication may include pills taken orally that impact the amount of glucose in your blood stream
ο Your doctor may also prescribe insulin, which you inject with a syringe or pen device
Weight loss or “bariatric” surgery in some cases.
1 What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Published February 2012. Updated February 16, 2012. Accessed August 12, 2013.