here's some very important stuff I'd like to share with you:
My doc told me that controlling your blood sugar levels, even if achieving the "perfect values" so much wanted, will not prevent long-term complications to occur !!!
Ok, that scared me a bit so I asked him more abt that. He said that ensuring normal blood sugar levels in a diabetic will decrease / prevent the occurrence of long-term damage of small vessels (as those in your kidneys, eye, liver, heart - the coronaries, skin, fingers and toes) and nerves; that's good since you your limbs will be spared and not be amputated !!!
He also said that very good control of your blood sugar levels together with excellent control of your blood pressure levels and avoidance of extra salt in your food may actually reverse the kidney damage and the proteins thus disappear from your urine; they may actually halt the kidney damage; that's good news !!!
However, large vessels (such as the aorta, the neck vessels, the limb vessels etc) may continue to get damaged in spite of excellent blood sugar levels; my doc said that in order to prevent that you must:
1. control the blood pressure levels (keep them under 125/75)
2. avoid extra salt in your food
3. do physical exercise regularly;
4. eat healthy food
5. take care of your cholesterol levels (keep bad cholesterol/LDL below 100, keep TGs below 120, keep good cholesterol/HDL above 55-60)
Hope it helped a bit