Diabetes is just one health condition the city of Houston hopes to help its employees get under control with its wellness initiatives. To urge better compliance when it comes to taking prescription medicine, the city decided to waive the co-pay - meaning it pays the full cost - for generic diabetes drugs. Eat lots of vegetables, some fruit, lean meat and avoid high-carbohydrate foods and processed foods. By being compliant with your doctors' orders, you'll avoid complications of diabetes, which include blindness - diabetes is the No. 1 cause of blindness in the world - strokes, cardiovascular disease, renal failure, amputations, circulation problems and peripheral neuropathy. Heart disease: Since high blood pressure and high cholesterol often go hand in hand with diabetes, Simms said that doctors treat diabetes patients as the equivalent of someone with cardiovascular disease.