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Diabetes is a chronic disease for which there is no cure. Once someone has diabetes, the only treatment is ongoing management of the symptoms.
People who make the lifelong commitment to manage their diabetes can live active, independent and vital lives. Here are the most common ways that diabetes can be managed:
Educating people with diabetes is a necessary step in managing the disease. It is important for people to learn about their condition so that they can make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their diabetes.
People with diabetes need to pay special attention to their diet. For the body to regulate blood sugar levels, it must have the right foods at the right times and in the right amounts.
For people with type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy weight.
Regular exercise helps lower your blood sugar, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness.
People who can reduce stress levels in day-to-day life are better able to manage their diabetes.
Regular insulin injections are necessary for people with type 1 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes may require medications and/or insulin to assist the body in making or using insulin more effectively.