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HHS HealthBeat (December 19, 2011)

Choices to manage diabetes

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Charles Copus with HHS HealthBeat.

Living with type 2 diabetes can be difficult, but talking with your health care provider about the choices that are best for you isn’t always easy either. So HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (or AHRQ) has guides that can help explain differences in treatment. AHRQ’s director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy:

“It’s very important to be an active member of your healthcare team. These guides explain the risks and benefits of current treatments and are based on a review of the latest studies.  This information offers the pros and cons of different treatments so you and your doctor can work together to decide which option is best for you.” (17 seconds)

Watching what you eat, and being physically active, is important for handling type 2 diabetes. But you also need to know how to monitor your blood sugar levels properly, to help keep your diabetes under control.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  I’m Charles Copus.

Last revised: December 19, 2011