According to the book, "1001 Tips for Living Well With Diabetes" from the American Diabetes Association, the question is raised, "Why should I work so hard to improve my blood sugar level?"
"Because you'll feel more energy and a greater sense of well-being when your blood sugar enters the normal range. In addition, you'll delay or prevent problems with your eyes, kidneys, and nerves as your blood sugar improves. Many doctors also believe that problems with heart disease, strokes and hardening of the arteries may be delayed by good blood sugar control. If you do not get any complications of diabetes, you'll live a longer, healthier life."
I believe this excerpt from the book is a good reminder to us all to be militant in following our doctor's orders, frequent testing, dieting to gain or lose or maintain our weights, increased and committed exercise, attention to the importance of medication, and whatever steps we can take to lower and/or control our blood glucose that are within our control.
There are no known causes nor cures for diabetes, only risk factors which may or may not be true for every one of us but the answer to the question above is universal. For those people who have spouses or family or friends who are diabetic, the excerpt above is basically the only advice we can give to help others motivate themselves for proper care.
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