How to Prevent Complications
See you doctor regularly, even if you are feeling okay. It is possible to avoid deaths from complications of diabetes by undergoing certain tests as part of preventive care.
Having your glucose tested by your doctor is important, as glycemic control is of paramount importance to diabetics trying to avoid deaths from complications of diabetes. Research has shown that for every whole number percentage drop in a person's HbA1c level there is up to a 40 percent less likelihood of developing certain microvascular complications.
Blood pressure is something that should be tested in people who are diabetic as well. Good blood pressure control among people with diabetes reduces their risk of cardiovascular disease by 33 to 50 percent. It also significantly reduces the risk of microvascular disease.
Diabetics should also have good control of their lipids. For example, having improved control over your LDL cholesterol alone can reduce your chances of cardiovascular complications by at least 20 percent.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Testing alone does not do people any good if they are trying to avoid deaths from complications of diabetes. What is needed is a long-term commitment to lose weight, exercise, eat healthy, and check blood sugars often. It is also very important to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Diabetic smokers have a far greater chance of dying from heart disease than diabetics who are non-smokers.