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Your Guide to Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2

Prevent Diabetes Problems

Taking care of your diabetes every day will help your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels stay in your target ranges. Caring for your diabetes can also help prevent other health problems over the years. You can do a lot to prevent diabetes problems:

  • Follow your healthy eating plan every day.

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  • Be physically active every day.

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  • Take your medicines every day.

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  • Check your blood glucose levels every day.

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Types of Diabetes Problems

Diabetes problems can damage parts of the body such as the

  • heart
  • blood vessels
  • eyes
  • kidneys
  • nerves

Heart and blood vessel disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Nerve damage can lead to a loss of feeling in the feet, which may lead to an amputation. You will want to take steps to prevent these diabetes problems.

Read more about preventing diabetes problems in the following publications at www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov. These publications are also available in Spanish and large-print versions:

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Page last updated February 12, 2014


The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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Fax: 703–738–4929
Email: ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov
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