Type 1 Diabetes: Living With Complications (cont.)
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If complications from type 1 diabetes are found early, treatment can slow and sometimes reverse the damage. Complications that progress may cause serious disability or death.
What can be done?
If your complication is found early, you may need to make only minor lifestyle changes to stop its progression. For example, if you have early diabetic nephropathy, medicine can help prevent further damage to your kidneys. Early treatment for a complication and keeping your blood sugar in a target range can help prevent new complications. The American Diabetes Association recommends a hemoglobin A1c level of less than 7% to help prevent complications. The A1c level is a measure of your blood sugar over the past 2 or 3 months. Talk to your doctor about what A1c level is best for you.
Other ways to prevent new complications and/or to keep the complications you have from getting worse include:
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