In the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), people with insulin-dependent diabetes were able to reduce their risk of eye, kidney and nerve diseases by keeping their blood sugar levels close to normal. In fact, people who took their treatment most seriously during DCCT continued to have a lower risk of complications than those using conventional treatment. It was also demonstrated that the earlier this blood sugar control begins and the longer it is maintained, the better the chances of reducing complications. These findings were so extraordinary that this 10-year study was cut short at nine years so that all people living with diabetes could learn about and begin realizing the benefits of better blood sugar control.
The benefits of lifelong control — today and tomorrow
Better control of your blood sugar can help you:
- Feel better on a daily basis
- Stay healthier
- Reduce your likelihood of having diabetes-related complications like heart disease, eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage
- Discover more energy to do the things you want to do
- Prevent the signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision and slow-healing cuts and bruises