6. Take your diabetes medications.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you know that taking insulin is essential since your body cannot produce it. Learn about onset, peak and duration of insulin therapy, and work with your doctor to find the type of insulin that works best for you. If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, which can help break down starches and sugars. Another type of medication, biguanides, reduces the amount of sugar your liver produces. It also lowers insulin resistance and helps muscles absorb needed blood sugar. You may also need insulin therapy to adequately control your blood glucose level.