5 Steps to Better Manage Your Diabetes
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5 Steps to Better Manage Your Diabetes


Take an Online Diabetes Workshop

Living with diabetes can be challenging!

You have to monitor your blood sugar, eat the right foods, exercise, take your medication, and visit your medical provider regularly.

It can feel overwhelming. Start by taking these 5 simple steps to improve your health.

1. Know your ABCs.

Make sure you know and track your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Are your numbers on target or do they need improvement? Discuss your numbers with your health care provider.

2. Seek advice.

As your health care provider how often you should check your blood sugar. Work together to set individual goals for blood sugar numbers at different times of the day.

3. Think before you eat.

Are you eating the foods you enjoy that are also good for managing diabetes? Do you enjoy whole grains, vegetables, or fruits? Think about simple, delicious ways to eat healthfully.

4. Get active.

Use any kind of physical activity for fun, fitness, and stress management. Walk, swim, bike, or dance. Don't be afraid to sweat!

5. Laugh and relax.

Find your funny bone; seek out humor. And seek ways to quiet your mind. Take relaxing, deep breaths—not just before you go to sleep, but several times during the day.

Want more?

Join other people with diabetes who are facing the same challenges as you and discover new ways to stay healthy—together.

Sign up for an online workshop called Better Choices, Better Health® - Diabetes

You can participate in this six-week online workshop from your home computer at any time that's convenient for you. Trained individuals who also have diabetes lead the workshop for about 25 participants.

When you sign up, you'll login to a special, secure website at least three times a week for a total of about two hours. While online, you'll be able to:

  • Find tips and tools to help you monitor your blood sugar, food, medication, and exercise—and even plan your weekly menu.
  • Create and track a weekly action plan to improve your health.
  • Discuss problems you're facing with other participants—and find solutions together.
  • Celebrate your successes!

This workshop has been proven to help individuals with diabetes improve their health. It is designed for people with type 2 diabetes, but people with type 1 may also find it helpful.

All information provided meets the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators guidelines for diabetes self-management education.


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