Principles of good diabetes care include:
- Learning as much as you can about diabetes
- Getting regular care for your condition
- Learning how to control your diabetes
- Getting checked for long-term problems and then treating them.
In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as an improved diet and increased physical activity, may be enough. However, many people with type 2 diabetes require treatment with oral medication, insulin, or both to control their blood glucose levels.
(For more details on treatment options, as well as an in-depth description of what can happen if this condition goes untreated, click Diabetes Treatment.)