I will develop diabetes complications no matter what I do.

False. Having consistently high blood glucose is the most common cause for diabetes complications. Controlling your diabetes can greatly cut down your chance for developing eye, kidney, circulation and other diabetes related problems. A lowering of hemoglobin A1c (a blood test that measures the average blood glucose over the past 3 months) by 1 point can reduce long-term complications by 20 - 30%. So what you do matters a great deal!

I will be fine as long as I take the medications my doctor tells me to.

False. Taking medication as prescribed by your health care providers is very important. However, medication is only a part of the overall treatment for diabetes. Equally important is learning about lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, having regular physical activities, monitoring your blood glucose and meeting regularly with your health care providers, are things you can do to improve your health. In fact, according to Dr. William Hsu, Director of the Asian Clinic at Joslin, any individual can always “out-eat” the effect of any diabetic medicine. So making healthy lifestyle changes are as vital as taking medications.