There is no doubt that diabetes is a serious disease despite advanced technologies. Researchers have already reported that people with diabetes tend to die at a younger age. For example, a 50-year-old with diabetes dies about 6 years sooner than someone without the disease. That compares with a 10-year shortened lifespan for longtime smokers. Researchers combined information from nearly 100 studies and included 820,900 people and those with diabetes were twice as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke as those without. They also were 25% more likely to die of cancer. Experts do suggest that diabetes does not have to be a death sentence and that it is important to take care of your health and have a healthy lifestyle. For example, scientific studies have found that improved glycemic control benefits people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In general, every percentage point drop in A1C blood test results, for example, from 8.0 to 7.0 percent, can reduce the risk of health complications such as eye, kidney, and nerve diseases by 40 percent. In addition, blood pressure control reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke among people with diabetes by 33 to 50%. In general, for every 10 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure, the risk for any complication related to diabetes is reduced by 12 percent. Moreover, improved control of LDL, or bad, cholesterol can reduce cardiovascular complications by 20 to 50 percent. The most important factor in controlling diabetes is lifestyle. A balanced diet low in fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol and alcohol is ideal for those with diabetes. In addition proper nutrition is essential. The B-vitamins are necessary to aid in wound healing and aid the immune system as well as Vitamin C, and Zinc. A good multivitamin/mineral will assure that all nutrients are added into the diet. Studies also show that omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial to those with diabetes. A Krill Oil supplement can help with inflammation and would improve wound healing. Exercising regularly can also help regulate the blood sugar levels promote weight loss. A moderate workout of 30 minutes daily or a brisk walk would help to improve cardiovascular health. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist