Type 2 Diabetes: Living With Complications (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
You may be taking more than one oral medicine to treat your type 2 diabetes. You may be taking insulin by injection or through an insulin pump alone or along with oral diabetes medicine. Taking these medicines as prescribed can help keep your blood sugar levels within your target range. For information on these medicines, see the Medications section of the topic Type 2 Diabetes: Living With the Disease.
You may need to take:
Medicines for some complications include:
What to Think About
Keep your blood sugar levels tightly within your target range by taking your oral diabetes medicine (and, in some cases, insulin) as prescribed.
If you have high cholesterol, take cholesterol-reducing medicines (such as statins) to keep your LDL cholesterol level less than 100 mg/dL or aim for keeping it at 70 mg/dL, your triglyceride level less than 150 mg/dL, and if possible, your HDL cholesterol level more than 40 mg/dL for men, and more than 50 mg/dL for women. See the topic High Cholesterol.
If you have high blood pressure, take medicines to keep your blood pressure consistently below 130/80 mm Hg. If your systolic blood pressure is between 130 mm Hg and 139 mm Hg or your diastolic blood pressure is between 80 mm Hg and 89 mm Hg, you may try some lifestyle or behavioral therapy for 3 months before starting medicine.5 For more information, see the topic High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).
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