Type 2 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed (cont.)
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Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects the way your body uses food for energy. The key to managing your diabetes is keeping your blood sugar within your target range. Controlling your blood sugar will help you prevent or delay other health problems. Learning the skills you need to manage your diabetes will take time. But soon they will become part of your daily routine.
Your treatment will involve eating right, being more active, checking your blood sugar, and possibly taking pills (oral medicines) or insulin. If you are overweight, losing weight may also help you control your blood sugar. For more information, see the Treatment Overview and Medications sections of this topic.
As time goes on, your pancreas may make less and less insulin, which can make it harder to control your blood sugar. It's important to treat your high blood sugar quickly anytime it rises above your target range. Doing so can prevent blood sugar emergencies. For more information, see the Prevention section of this topic.
Blood sugar emergencies
Blood sugar can sometimes change rapidly and cause problems when it is very high or very low. Three of these problems are described below:
Over time, high blood sugar that is not controlled can lead to problems with your:
If you had higher-than-normal blood sugar levels for years, you may already have one or more of these problems.
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