Will it be easy to reach my personal blood glucose goal?

One piece of information that came out of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) is that even if you set goals that seem reasonable, they can be hard to reach. The DCCT goals for people in the intensive management group were to have near-normal blood glucose levels before and after meals and at bedtime. Most people just couldn’t consistently reach these goals. No matter how hard you and your health care team work, it is difficult to keep blood glucose levels close to those found in people without diabetes.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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