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4 tips to help you take tight control of diabetes

May 14, 2017—If you have diabetes, your doctor may recommend you try tight control—keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. Tight control can lower your risk for many complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But transitioning to tight control—and maintaining it—can be a challenge. It might feel hard to sustain the effort. But if you and your doctor agree to give tight control a go, these pointers from the American Diabetes Association can help:

1. Change your diabetes routine gradually. When you are tackling a new goal, it helps to change one thing at a time. For example, you might get in the habit of checking your blood sugar more often during the day before moving on to other steps involving medicine or diet and exercise.

2. Make sure you're emotionally prepared. Anger and other emotions are common reactions to a diabetes diagnosis. If you're still trying to cope with such feelings, they may get in the way of achieving tight control. You may want to wait until you've come to terms with standard diabetes treatment before you tackle tight control.

3. Pass on perfection. If your glucose readings fall short of your goals now and then, try not to worry too much. A perfect check every time just isn't realistic. But do tell your doctor if your glucose levels are often too high or too low. The fix might be some adjustments in your treatment plan.

4. Take breaks from tight control when you need to. It's OK to take time off from your new routine. When you resume tight control, you might come back to it even better than before.

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