Diabetes Control

Beat your Type 1 diabetes through effective diabetes control and treatment. The 10-year Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and follow-up Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) have shown that keeping blood sugar in a target range helps decrease the chance of developing a host of diabetes complication including nerve, heart, eye, kidney, and blood vessel damage.

Tight control of blood sugar is probably the most important thing that can be done to reduce the risk of long-term complications.

Tight monitoring of blood sugar levels and frequent doses of insulin is known as intensive insulin therapy.Your treatment program can be further enhanced through the use of a continuous glucose monitor which can helps to maintain your blood sugars in a prescribed range.

The Mayo Clinic reports that intensive insulin therapy characterized by tight blood sugars has been shown in studies to:

  • Reduce the risk of diabetes- related heart attacks and strokes by more than 50%.
  • Reduce the risk of eye damage by more than 75%
  • Reduce the risk of nerve damage by 60%
  • Prevent or slow the progression of of kidney disease by 50%

Intensive Insulin Therapy is typically defined by the following goals:

  • Blood sugar level before meals..........70-130 mg/dL
  • Blood sugar 2 hours after meals........<180 mg/dL
  • a1c test...................................,...,.,,,,,,,,,;.<7%

Effective Diabetes Control

The Diabefree Blueprint lays out a simple approach to beat diabetes.  There are five main components to achieve success. The first line of defense is education. If you are a diabetic, your life may depend on learning all that you can about diabetes.You must become a subject matter expert in diabetes to achieve optimal health, reduce complications and to ultimately live a better quality of life.

Second , success requires creation of a diabetes support team. Your diabetes support team should consist of a team of medical practitioners who can provide health assessments and updates as well as the instructions that are required to effectively manage your diabetes.

The third component is following an intensive treatment plan and having access to all of the diabetic supplies necessary to keep your diabetes in good tight control.

The fourth component involves taking advantage of the diabetes resources that are available. The resources on diabetes are numerous. Depending on your preference, some combination of the following will provide the knowledge and skills and information necessary to take good care of your health and to beat diabetes:

The fifth component in the Diabefree blueprint is Attitude. Adopting a mindset that chooses victory over diabetes  will go a long way to ensuring effective control and freedom from diabetic complications.

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