People who are diagnosed with diabetes can live active and independent lives if they commit to careful diabetes management, which includes:
- Diabetes education - everyone with diabetes needs to be informed about how to manage and live well with this disease.
- Physical activity - helps your body lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances your overall sense of well-being.
- Healthy diet - what, when and how much you eat plays an important role in living healthily and well with diabetes.
- Weight Management - a healthy weight is especially important in the management of type 2 diabetes.
- Medication - Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. Type 2 diabetes may be managed at the beginning with physical activity and diet, but over time may require medications and/or insulin to assist your body in making or using insulin more effectively.
- Lifestyle Management - reducing stress levels in day to day life can help people with diabetes better manage their disease.
- Blood Pressure - High blood pressure can lead to eye disease, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, so people with diabetes should try to maintain a blood pressure level at or below 130/80.