How can I reach my treatment goals for type 2 diabetes?

The two goals of type 2 diabetes treatment are to make sure you feel well day-to-day and to prevent or delay long-term health problems, also called complications. The best way to reach those goals is by:

- planning your meals -- choosing what, how much, and when to eat
- being physically active
- taking medications (if needed)

For example, it can be difficult to lose weight by only cutting back on the amount of food you eat. But getting regular physical activity and cutting back on food will more likely result in weight loss.

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