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What can I do to control type 2 diabetes?

To control type 2 diabetes, the first step is to make dietary changes and begin an exercise program. Also, there are oral medications that you can take for type 2 diabetes. However, if dietary changes and exercise are started early and maintained relentlessly, you may be able to avoid taking medications for diabetes.
There are several things that can be done to keep type 2 diabetes under control:
  • follow a healthy meal plan
  • be active
  • quit smoking
  • monitor your blood sugar regularly
  • take medicines as directed
  • check your feet daily
  • take care of your teeth
  • control your blood pressure and cholesterol

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