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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As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...