Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It
will also depend on how severe the condition is.
goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible, but
too low. To do this, you will need to control your blood sugar. You will need to check
may be able to control your type 2 diabetes with:
- Weight loss
- Healthy eating habits
But you may also need to take medicine or insulin.
Treatment may include some or all of these:
Being more active. Get at least 150 minutes
a week of exercise or physical activity. Don’t let more than 2 days go by without
being active. When sitting for long periods of time, get up for light activity every
Meal planning. You will need to eat foods
that don’t cause your blood sugar to rise too quickly. Your healthcare provider will
give you resources about what foods to plan your meals around.
Weight loss.Losing just 5% to 7% of your body weight can help. Talk with your healthcare
provider about ways to help you lose weight.
Taking medicine. There are different types
of medicines to treat type 2 diabetes. Each type works in a different way to lower
blood sugar. You may take one or more medicines to improve your blood sugar control.
Taking insulin. If oral medicines don’t
work well for you, you may need to inject insulin into your body.
Getting blood tests. You will need to have
your A1C level checked several times a year. Experts advise testing at least twice
year if your blood sugar level is in the target range and stable. You will need this
test more often if your blood sugar level is not stable.
Routine healthcare. Keep all appointments.
This is so your healthcare provider can track your diabetes. You will also need to
check your feet daily. This is to look for injuries, sores, or infection. These can
lead to severe foot problems.