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Reducing Your Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Currently, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes mellitus. Researchers are investigating the possible causes of type 1 diabetes.

However if you have diabetes already, you can reduce your risk for complications from this disease by keeping blood glucose within a normal range, and keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol low. This is done through a combination of insulin, a healthful diet, regular exercise, and likely a medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. Talk with your doctor to determine what a healthful blood glucose range is for you (or your child).

Revision Information

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  • Winter WE, Schatz D. Prevention strategies for type 1 diabetes mellitus: current status and future directions. BioDrugs. 2003;17(1):39-64.