Type 2 Diabetes: Living With the Disease (cont.)
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Your treatment for type 2 diabetes will change over time to meet your needs. But the focus of your treatment will always be to keep your blood sugar levels within your target range. That will help prevent complications from diabetes, such as eye, kidney, heart, blood vessel, and nerve disease.
To help you stay on track with your treatment, you'll need regular tests. For more information, see the Exams and Tests section of this topic.
You play an important role in managing your condition. By learning about diabetes and working with your doctor to create a plan for treatment, you can improve your health and quality of life.
The keys to managing your diabetes are to:
Pregnancy and diabetes
If you get pregnant, your diabetes treatment may change. For example, some medicines could harm your baby. If your blood sugar gets too high while you're pregnant, your baby might have problems at birth. Talk with your doctor. For more information, see:
You've likely already had to make some big changes in the way you live your life. It can be hard to stay motivated when you have diabetes. Just try to focus on one day at a time.
Remember that untreated type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems. People with diabetes have a higher risk of dying from heart and blood vessel diseases than people who don't have the disease.5
But also remember that you can prevent or delay these problems by taking care of yourself. Eating right, staying active, and keeping your blood sugar under control are all things you can do. You don't have to do it alone. For help and how-tos, see the Home Treatment section of this topic.
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