Step 5: Putting it all together

Sometimes managing Type 2 diabetes can seem daunting. There’s just so many things to do. You have to make a lot of changes and change is often difficult. The best way to improve your diabetes control is by breaking it down into small targets.

First of all, review your lifestyle. Is there any room for improvement in what you eat and how regularly you exercise? You’ll know you’ve made progress with your lifestyle when some of the food choices and exercise routines become automatic. In other words, they have become a habit rather than something you have to think about.

Secondly, focus on improving your blood glucose first. Try to achieve the targets mentioned here. Make progress by changing your lifestyle (right food and exercise).

Next, if you are overweight or obese, make sure you lose enough weight so your body mass index (ratio of weight and height: click here to calculate it) is less than 25. I know that this is easier said than done, but with the right approach it is possible to do this. Click here to learn how to do it.

The final step involves working with your doctor to start reducing the number of medicines you take. This should be possible over time, although it can take some months. If you are on insulin, you will be able to reduce the dose you need. Keep modifying, keep learning.

Congratulations! You are on your way to better long-term diabetes control!

 

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