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Diabetes does not have a cure, but it is treatable. With the proper treatment plan, you can reduce or even prevent the complications related to diabetes. Common treatments for diabetes include insulin injections, oral medications, diet and exercise. Work closely with your healthcare team to create the best treatment plan for you.

Over time, hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) can cause health problems. Diabetes has been linked to: 1

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Digestive problems
  • Eye disease
  • Tooth and gum problems

You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target through regular monitoring.2

Choosing foods wisely and stay physically active are the first step. If you can’t reach your target blood glucose levels with diet and physical activity, your healthcare professional may prescribe diabetes medication. The medicine type will depend on your type of diabetes, your schedule and your other health conditions.

1National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke. Available at Accessed on November 11, 2008.

2Endocrine Today. Use of SMBG results is needed for successful outcomes. Available at: Accessed on November 13, 2008

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