Care Plan Overview

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Healthy eating

Eating healthy is important for everyone, but it’s even more important for people living with diabetes. As you learn more about food and its effect on your body, you’ll better understand why healthy eating is an important part of your diabetes care plan.

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Being active

Physical activity is important to your health and blood sugar control. In this section, you’ll discover that even a small increase in physical activity may help to make a big difference in your diabetes care. Be sure to check with your health care provider before you start any plan to increase your physical activity.

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Medicine

If your health care provider has recommended that you start taking diabetes medicine or switch your current diabetes medicine, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t been managing your diabetes. It just means that your body needs help keeping your blood sugar levels under control.

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Checking your blood sugar

Checking your blood sugar regularly is one way to take an active role in your diabetes care. When you keep a record of your readings, and track your blood sugar over time, you can find out just how well your meal plan, activity plan, and medicine are working together. Watching your numbers lets you and your health care provider check on your progress and see if a part of your diabetes care plan needs to change.

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Coping

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, you are not alone. There are nearly 29.1 million people in the United States with diabetes according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes cannot yet be cured, but it can be delayed and managed. You already have the determination you need to make better decisions for your health. After all, learning more about diabetes is the first step, and you’re taking it right now.

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