Too-high levels of glucose in the blood are a feature of all forms of diabetes. The main goal of diabetes treatment is to bring blood glucose levels as close to normal as is safely possible. Your doctor will set give you targets that are right for you, depending on factors, such as how long you have had diabetes. Most aspects of your treatment plan — measuring your glucose levels, taking diabetes pills or insulin shots, exercising, losing weight, planning meals — are aimed at helping you reach your target
High glucose levels can affect many parts of the body. They can lead to eye, nerve, and kidney diseases. High glucose levels also make it easier to get infections. They can blur your vision or make you feel tired or thirsty all the time. People with diabetes also are more likely to develop other health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and fat levels, and heart disease.
As you can see, keeping your glucose levels under control is vital to your future health and happiness. Your team can advise you on ways to reach this goal. But much rests on your shoulders. For this reason, your treatment team should spend a lot of time teaching you about diabetes and how to make diabetes care part of your life.