Over 20 million Americans have diabetes and almost one-third are not aware
that they have it. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney
failure, leg infections, and other serious health problems. In fact, diabetes
is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
By following the steps below and working with your healthcare team, you can
prevent or control diabetes and even reduce your risk of long-term complications.
- I. Understanding Your Diabetes
- Step 1: What is diabetes?
- Step 2: Who gets type 2 diabetes?
- Step 3: How do you know if you
- II. Managing Your Diabetes
- Step 4: You're in charge - design
a treatment plan
- Step 5: Monitor your blood sugar
- Step 6: Lose weight and follow
the right diet
- Step 7: Exercise
- Step 8: Drugs and insulin
- III. Knowing the Consequences of Diabetes
- Step 9: Treat low blood sugar
- Step 10: Avoid long-term complications
Review Date: 5/1/2006
Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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