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For many people with diabetes, treatment involves:
 
  • Following the healthy eating plan (diabetes diet) that you and your healthcare provider or dietitian have created.
  • Engaging in physical activity for a total of 30 minutes most days. Ask your healthcare provider which activities are best for you.
  • Taking your medicines at the same time each day.
  • Checking your blood glucose every day. Each time you check your blood glucose, write the number in your record book.
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Your specific treatment plan will depend on which type of diabetes you have. Treatment for type 1 diabetes includes eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking insulin. Treating type 2 diabetes involves living a healthy lifestyle and monitoring blood glucose levels; if lifestyle changes are not enough, medication may be necessary.
 
(Click Diabetes Treatment for a more in-depth look at this topic. This article also describes common symptoms of hypoglycemia.)
 
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