Reviewed and updated by Di Bush, PhD, Jan 1. 2014
- Be serious about type 2 diabetes as soon as you find out you have it. Type 2 diabetes is not borderline diabetes or a touch of sugar. When most people find out they have type 2 diabetes, they have likely had elevated blood glucose levels for about 7 years.
- Make sure your healthcare provider has a background in dealing with type 2 diabetes.
- Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
- Make healthy food choices and become more active every day.
- From day 1, set goals for your short-term and long-term blood glucose levels.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you observe that your blood glucose levels are on the rise. It’s probably a sign that your care plan needs to change.
- Do not resist insulin. If you need insulin, you’ll feel better once you start taking it.