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Currently, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes mellitus. Researchers are investigating the possible causes of type 1 diabetes.

However if you have diabetes already, you can reduce your risk for complications from this disease by keeping blood glucose within a normal range, and keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol low. This is done through a combination of insulin, a healthful diet, regular exercise, and likely a medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. Talk with your doctor to determine what a healthful blood glucose range is for you (or your child).


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Winter WE, Schatz D. Prevention strategies for type 1 diabetes mellitus: current status and future directions. BioDrugs. 2003;17(1):39-64.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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