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How can I achieve tight control of type 2 diabetes without insulin?

Doctors believe that tight control can prevent complications in people with type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 diabetes do not take insulin. You may be wondering how you can achieve tight control without it.

One way is to lose weight. Shedding excess pounds may bring your glucose levels down to normal. The key to losing weight and keeping it off is changing your behavior so that you eat less and exercise more. Your doctor should work with you to find an eating and exercise plan you can stick to. Even if you don't need to lose weight, exercise is helpful in controlling your blood glucose levels. It makes your cells take glucose out of the blood.

You will need to check your blood glucose regularly. You should decide with your doctor how often. Once a day or even once a week may be enough for some people with type 2 diabetes. If exercise and good eating habits are not enough to keep your glucose under control, you doctor may prescribe pills. And if these don't work, you may need to take insulin. People with type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctors before starting tight control.

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