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Key Steps In Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes means you need to take extra care to stay healthy. The good news is that even small changes in your lifestyle and habits can make a big difference in managing your blood sugar, staying healthy, and preventing complications.

Changes can be challenging. These steps help you manage diabetes, and make changes one step at a time. You can also create a customized action plan with Care for Diabetes.

Eat Healthy

Diabetes can be prevented, delayed, or better managed by keeping a healthy weight. Changing your diet and eating habits can be very hard work, but even small changes can help.

  • If you have type 2 diabetes, get started on a healthy eating plan. One plan to consider is Nourish.
  • Counting carbohydrates is very important for people with diabetes. Learn what a carbohydrate is and how many you should be eating during the day when you eat snacks and meals
  • Take a look at our diabetes health tools such as the plate format for eating, to help you eat right and keep your blood sugar at an even level.

Care For Your Mind

It’s normal to feel anxious or depressed when you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, but these feelings can keep you from managing your diabetes well.

There are many ways you can help yourself feel better. But if you’re still having problems with depression or anxiety, help is available — talk with your doctor right away.

Care For Your Body

  • If you smoke, get help quitting. Smoking increases your risk for diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke, and premature death.
  • Get a flu shot. People with diabetes have a greater risk of complications from the flu, so be sure to get a flu shot every year to lower your chances of getting sick.
  • Have a sick-day plan. When you have diabetes, getting sick can affect your blood sugar. With a sick-day plan, you can keep your blood sugar under control.