Tight control of type 1 diabetes: Recommendations for patients

Stephen Havas*, Thomas Donner

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Abstract

Tight control of blood glucose levels and risk factors for cardiovascular disease (e.g., hypertension, hypercholesterolemia) can substantially reduce the incidence of microvascular and macrovascular complications from type 1 diabetes. Physicians play an important role in helping patients make essential lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of these complications. Key recommendations that family physicians can give patients to optimize their outcomes include: take control of daily decisions regarding your health, focus on preventing and controlling risk factors for cardiovascular disease, tightly control your blood glucose level, be cognizant of potentially inaccurate blood glucose test results, use physiologic insulin replacement regimens, and learn how to manage and prevent hypoglycemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-978+983-984
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume74
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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