Tips for Managing Your Diabetes

Controlling the level of sugar in your bloodstream is the key to managing your diabetes. Your healthcare team will help you develop a program that is right for you. This team includes your doctor, diabetes educator, and nutrition specialist.

1. Eat Healthy
Eating right helps keep your blood sugar in balance. A nutrition specialist (dietitian) will help you create a meal plan. You don't have to give up all the foods you like. But you'll need to eat on a regular schedule and follow some nutrition guidelines.

2. Monitor Your Blood Sugar
Checking your blood sugar level is essential to keeping your diabetes in control. Regular testing helps you be sure that your treatment program is working. Make checking your blood sugar a part of your daily routine.

3. Exercise
Exercise is important to help keep your blood sugar in balance. Daily exercise helps lower blood sugar. Your blood sugar can continue to fall for several hours after you stop exercising. You may need to begin slowly. Check with your healthcare team before you start an exercise program.

4. Take Medication If Prescribed
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help manage your blood sugar. Always follow instructions. Take your medication exactly as prescribed.