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How will type 2 diabetes affect my lifestyle?

Lifestyle changes, most commonly changing the diet and increasing exercise, can help you manage type 2 diabetes by limiting the amount of sugar that is available in the body and increasing the amount of sugar that is used in the body. Changing the diet and increasing exercise can lead to decreases in the amount of sugar that is available in the blood stream to damage blood vessels and cause complications of diabetes. 

Managing type 2 diabetes will include some lifestyle changes, but they all lead to positive outcomes. Since the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight and inactive, you will need to make wise food choices and exercise regularly. You will be able to eat many of the same delicious foods and enjoy many of the same activities, as long as they are all healthy. Moderate alcohol consumption, smoking cessation and regular aerobic exercise will all help stabilize your blood glucose, or blood sugar, which is the primary goal of type 2 diabetes treatment.

You will also need to monitor your blood glucose levels. Your doctor will determine how often you need to monitor your blood glucose; some people need to do this daily, others several times a week. If your blood glucose is closely managed, this will help prevent many serious and long-term complications.

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