If you have type 2 diabetes, these steps can help manage your condition:

  • Check your glucose levels. Know your targets and regularly monitor your levels.
  • Eat well. With type 2 diabetes, you will need to focus on foods that will help keep your blood sugar levels low, such as non-starchy vegetables and lean protein. Limit the carbohydrates you eat in foods such as bread, rice, pasta and sweets. 
  • Exercise. Physical activity helps your body use insulin and lowers heart disease and nerve damage risks.
  • Go to medical appointments regularly. Because diabetes can cause complications, visit your health care provider regularly.
  • When your blood sugar levels are too low or too high, treat it right away. To prevent any complications from type 2 diabetes, know what to do when your levels aren’t on target. If they’re too low, eat or drink food that is high in sugar. If they’re too high, take medication as instructed by your healthcare provider.