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Reducing Complications

We know a lot about what causes complications associated with type two diabetes and type one diabetes and fortunately, we have good strategies to reduce a lot of those complications. Importantly, you need to control your blood sugar. So if you have a blood sugar that’s as close to normal as possible, that reduces a lot of the complications of diabetes, especially the eye, kidney and nerve disease. But we also know that people with diabetes are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, for heart attacks and strokes. And just taking care of your blood sugar doesn’t do that. There’s other things that you need to do, and these are the strategies to reduce heart disease. The traditional risk factors: don’t smoke, control your blood pressure, controlled your blood cholesterol. There’s also certain kinds of medications such as drugs called statins, and drugs called ace inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers. Those specific medications can reduce complications associated with diabetes. Strategies like aspirin have also been associated to reduce heart disease in people with diabetes.

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