Why It’s Important to Manage Your Diabetes

If you have diabetes, these are the short- and long-term benefits of managing it effectively.

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or effectively use the hormone insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

Some people can manage the condition with lifestyle changes alone, such as eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight and being more physically active. But you may also need to use oral medications or insulin to help keep your blood glucose in a healthy range.

It’s important to learn how to effectively manage your diabetes. Doing so can help you feel better on a day-to-day basis and also keeps you healthier overall.

Everyday benefits include:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Feeling less tired
  • Improved healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced feelings of thirst
  • Decreased need to urinate

You also lower your risk of these diabetes-related health complications:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye and vision problems
  • Issues with your teeth and gums
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in your hands or feet

If you’re having trouble managing your diabetes, talk to your doctor.

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Date Last Reviewed: July 13, 2018

Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor

Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD

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