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
- 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