Diabetes Awareness Month Q&A: Part 4

November 14, 2016

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to statistics, more than 29 million Americans in the United States have diabetes. Of those, more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. Today, K.K. Rajamani, M.D., Chief of Endocrinology, answers if there is a cure for diabetes.

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Dr. K.K. Rajamani
Rochester Regional Health

Q: Is there a cure for diabetes?

Answer: With all the research on diabetes and advances in diabetes treatments, it's tempting to think someone has surely found a diabetes cure by now. But the reality is that there is no cure for diabetes -- neither type 1 diabetes nor type 2 diabetes.

Even though there's no diabetes cure, diabetes can be treated and controlled, and some people may go into remission. To manage diabetes effectively, you need to do the following:

-Manage your blood sugar levels: Know what to do to help keep them as near to normal as possible every day:  Check your glucose levels frequently. Take your diabetes medicine regularly, and balance your food intake with medication, exercise, stress management, and good sleep habits.

-Plan what you eat at each meal: Stick to your diabetes eating plan as often as possible.

-Bring healthy snacks with you: You’ll be less likely to snack on empty calories.

-Exercise regularly: Exercise helps you keep you fit, burns calories, and helps normalize your blood glucose levels.

-Keep up with your medical appointments: That includes your doctor, diabetes educator, ophthalmologist, dentist, podiatrist, and other health care professionals.

Rochester Regional offers comprehensive diabetes and endocrinology services to help you on your journey to better health. For more information on Rochester Regional Health Diabetes and Endocrinology services available, visit our website.