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Management strategy:

In fact, diabetes is quite an expensive disease. If you have diabetes, you are suppose to lose lots of money. That's why, the only cost-effective way of dealing with diabetes is to prevent it.

Leading an affluent lifestyle highly predisposes a person to develop diabetes.

Recent studies have shown that effective health education regarding lifestyle and food habit has a promising impact in the prevention of diabetes.

Here are some simple strategies to keep our blood sugar within normal range.

Diet:

Off course, patients should not be restricted to a lifetime of boring, bland foods. They must take plenty of foods that are high in nutrition and low in fat and calories such as

Fruits

Vegetables

Whole grains

All diabetics should also eat fewer animal products and sweets.

Patients may contact a registered dietitian to follow a meal plan suitable for them.

Drugs

Some people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. Those who fail to do so, may need diabetes medications or insulin therapy. Early intervention with medication reduces long term complications of diabetes.

Most commonly prescribed diabetes medications are:

Metformin

Glipizide

Glimepiride

Pioglitazone

Sitagliptin

Repaglinide

Nateglinide

Physicians select the best drug therapy for their patients according to individual blood sugar level, weight, kidney function, liver function, co-morbid conditions etc.

Insulin therapy

This is the last resort. Some people who are not controlled with medications have to take insulin.

Some important tips for people with type 2 diabetes

Stop smoking. Smoking predisposes to hypertension and dyslipidemia. A diabetic patient who smokes will experience an increased frequency of nerve and kidney damage.

Take regular healthy meal. Make physical activity part of your daily routine.

Wear a bracelet that says you have diabetes.

Reduce your weight. Stay out of cheese burger and French fries! Maintain a healthy, natural body weight.

Consider a vegetarian lifestyle.

Schedule a yearly physical exam and regular eye exams.

Up to date your immunizations. Get a flu vaccination every year.

Take good care of teeth.

Take a look at your feet. Wash your feet regularly in lukewarm water. Dry them gently, especially between the toes.

Control your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Take no more than one drink (for women) or two drinks (for men) daily.

Try to learn relaxation techniques.

Get a good night's sleep. About 7 or 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is enough for you.

Above all, stay positive. Remember, for prevention of diabetes YOU are the only real obstacle. Make up your mind today to win against YOU.

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I am a physician by profession. I dream to work on medicine in the near future. I have completed my residency three years back. Now, I am planning to obtain MRCP. This is very hard exam and surely, I am always scared of it. I have also decided to do my specialization on cardiology. Before medical school, I never thought that our heart could be so complex! So pray for me. I usually don't have enough time to write due to my studies. But whenever I get time I love to write. I write on medical related issues. I try to make it simple for you.

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