Reviewed by Nicholas Yozamp, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
Type 2 diabetes affects each person's life differently: from quitting smoking to learning to inject insulin, to purchasing a gym membership, no one path to controlling type 2 diabetes is the same. However, there are a few useful places to start. Eating more fruits and vegetables, while excluding processed foods and drinks with added sugar will help lower your blood sugar levels. Developing methods to manage your stress can have beneficial effects. Doctors may also recommend that you put aside time each day to be active and to take your medications. Understanding the relationship between each day-to-day life change and your own blood sugar levels will help you discover what changes will be most helpful and doable for you.