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Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes. Treatment focuses on keeping your blood glucose level as normal as possible, and controlling the symptoms of the condition to prevent further health problems.

Treatment of type 2 diabetes involves a great deal of advice and support to help make people aware of the risks if the condition. Education helps patients understand the disease, and therefore better manage their own symptoms. The X-PERT and DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) programs were developed to do just that.

One of the main aspects of the treatment for type 2 diabetes will be the ongoing task of maintaining an acceptable blood pressure. Medication can help but most of the responsibility lies with the individual. Diabetes is a condition that requires an enormous amount of self help. Hospitals and doctors can't be with you 24 hours a day to check to your blood glucose levels.

Much of the treatment for type 2 diabetes addresses the secondary conditions that can result from the disease. The NHS aims to catch these problems at an early stage, to allow for more effective treatment.

Treatment of type 1 diabetes is a daily task, the responsibility for which again lies with the individual. A carefully designed diet, exercise plan, and insulin injection program must be followed to keep the condition under control.

Doctors and hospitals will again offer considerable advice and support but the condition must be managed by the individual. Unless you assume responsibility for your own health, you will find yourself in hospital on an increasingly regular basis.



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