Type 2 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed (cont.)
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The key to treating your type 2 diabetes is keeping your blood sugar as close to your target levels as you can with diet, exercise, and maybe medicines if you need them. This can help you stay healthy and lower your risk of complications. Try to:
Tests you will need as part of your treatment
See your doctor about every 3 to 6 months to:
Have these exams and tests every year:
You can print out a list of tests to monitor diabetes to help you remember what to do and when.
Why treatment and testing are important
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.4 That's why it's important to take charge of your diabetes as soon as you find out you have it—even if you feel fine.
With diabetes, you're in charge. It's up to you to eat right, get active, and keep your blood sugar levels on target. It seems like a lot to do at first. Start with one or more changes. Your might first focus on checking your blood sugar regularly and being active more often. Then work on the other tasks as you can.
For help and how-tos, see the Home Treatment section of this topic.
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