Reduce your risk of complications.
The landmark Diabetes Control & Complications Trial (DCCT) found that people with type 1 diabetes can reduce their risk of complications by 50% by maintaining tight blood sugar control.
Other ways to cut your risk of diabetes-related complications:
• Treat your feet. Check your feet regularly for cuts, blisters, and abrasions; wear comfortable and protective shoes and socks; and visit your podiatrist annually to prevent diabetic foot problems.
• Quit smoking. Smoking greatly increases your chance of cardiovascular complications, something people with diabetes are already at high risk for.
• Stay on schedule. Get all recommended check-ups and screenings on time, including an annual dilated eye exam and twice-a-year trips to your dentist.
• Exercise daily. Aside from keeping your blood glucose levels down and improving over health, daily exercise is a great stress reducer and mood booster.
• Mind your mental health. Stress and depression can have a negative impact on your blood glucose control. A diabetes support group may help you cope with some of these challenges. Talk to your diabetes care team about stress management techniques and treatment options for depression.
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