There are certain goals set by the American Diabetes Association concerning
the treatment of diabetes. They are:
- Maintain a near-normal level of blood glucose. This can only be achieved
by balancing the amount of food eaten with the amount exercise
performed, and the amount of insulin available and effective. The insulin
can be either what the body makes (endogenous) or be insulin injections (exogenous). Oral glucose-lowering medications and physical activity can
also help maintain normal glucose levels.
- Achieve and/or maintain optimal blood lipid levels.
- Achieve and/or maintain optimal weight.
- Prevent and/or treat
complications of diabetes, such as retinopathy, kidney disease,
neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease.
Health care providers also recommend achieving normal blood pressure levels
as a treatment goal.
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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.