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Diabetes Control

Careful control is needed to reduce the risk of long term complications, which is achievable with combinations of diet, exercise, weight loss and insulin use.  Use this information to help you control diabetes.

 

 

Here are some tips to help you control diabetes

Use your diabetes meal plan - If you do not have one, ask your health care team about one.

See your health care provider - Get your annual eye exams, foot exams, A1C test number, flu and pneumococcal vaccinations.

Eat healthy foods - Such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.

Keep fish and lean meat and poultry portion to about 3 ounces - The size of a deck of cards. Bake, broil, or grill it.

Eat foods with more fiber - Such as whole grains cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta.

Get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity - On most days of the week. Brisk walking is a great way to move more.

Stay at a healthy weight - By using your meal plan and exercising more.

Ask for help if you feel down - A mental health counselor, support group, member of the clergy, friend, or family member who will listen to your concerns can help you feel better.

Learn to cope with stress - Stress can raise your blood glucose. While it is hard to remove stress from your life, you can learn to handle it by asking for help.

Stop smoking - Most people smoke to relieve stress, but in the long run, smoking will create more problems than it solves.  Ask for help to quit.

Take medicines even when you feel good - Ask your doctor if you need aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Tell your doctor if you cannot afford your medicines or if you have any side effects about, for information on medical assistance.

Check your feet every day - For cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling. Call your health care team right away about any sores that do not go away.

Check your blood glucose - You may want to test it one or more times a day. (Click Here to See A1C Test Number)

Check your blood pressure - If your doctor advises.  (Click Here to See Blood Pressure Number)

Report any changes to your eyesight - Consult a doctor immediately; don’t wait until it gets worse.
(Click Here to See Symptoms)