Top 10 Tips to Control Diabetes

The following are helpful tips to help you stay in control of managing diabetes.

1. It's not about your diabetes — It's about your life

Ask yourself:

2. It's not just about blood sugar

Heart disease and stroke are the big killers for people with diabetes. Here's how to lower your chances:

3. Stress makes everything worse

Stress can get in the way of taking care of yourself and managing your diabetes.

4. Exercise makes everything better

Exercise is good for everybody. It gives you more energy, reduces stress, helps you relax, and makes it easier to fall asleep.

5. Don't diet — Make healthier food choices

Find a healthier way of eating that you can stick with for life.

6. Be smart and use your "flashlight"

Your blood sugar monitor helps you see in the dark, like a flashlight. Test your blood sugar to get information you can use, for example:

7. Get regular checkups

Keeping regular appointments with your doctor and getting tests and screenings on time, helps you be an active partner with your health care team.

8. Make sure you're not depressed

It's often hard for people to know when they're depressed. Here are some common signs:

9. Write down your care plan

Work with your doctor to design a diabetes care plan that's right for you. Be sure to include:

10. Join a group

Groups work magic!

Clinical review by David McCulloch, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014