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How to Take Care of Your Type 2 Diabetes

Don't Forget Your Appointments

It's important for those with type 2 diabetes to see their healthcare providers regularly, usually every three months, or as often as recommended. At these appointments, your healthcare provider may:
 
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Check the feeling in your feet
  • Ask about your blood sugar levels (don't forget to bring in your daily log)
  • Check the skin and bones of your feet and legs
  • Examine your eyes.
 
Your healthcare provider may also order blood (and possibly urine) tests to ensure your:
 
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride levels are in a healthy range
  • Kidneys are working properly
  • A1c level is in a good range.
 
This is also a good time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have (see Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor Once You've Been Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes).
 
It's also important to follow up with any other specialists your healthcare provider has recommended. For example, make sure to keep on top of your visits to your eye doctor and dentist, as type 2 diabetes is a common cause for eye and teeth problems.
 

Don't Slack on Your Medications

For the majority of people with type 2 diabetes who cannot adequately control their blood sugar levels with diet and exercise alone, medications may be recommended to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Different diabetes medicines have different effects in the body, and your healthcare provider may recommend more than one. These medications can be taken orally (by mouth) or as a shot (injection).
 
When diet, exercise, and oral medications aren't enough, you may be advised to take insulin. This must be injected under the skin. And although you may be concerned about having to give yourself a shot, it isn't quite as horrible and hard as you might think.
 
You may also need to take medicines to help prevent or treat long-term problems linked to diabetes, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney problems, and high cholesterol.
 
Medications are just another step in the journey of taking the best care of yourself and preventing long-term complications. Even if you hate taking medications or can't bear the thought of giving yourself a shot, these drugs can help you take control over your type 2 diabetes.
 
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