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7 Steps for Better Living With Diabetes

This information has been reviewed and approved by Dthia Kalkwarf, RN, (March 2024).

Summary: 7 Steps For Better Living With Diabetes

1. Eat Healthy

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit
  • Reduce or eliminate sugary foods and drinks
  • Watch or reduce carbs
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Eat regular meals
  • Lose 10-20 pounds if you are overweight

2. Be Active

  • Exercise 5 days a week
  • Be active 30 minutes a day
  • Lose 10-20 pounds if you are overweight

3. Monitor

  • Check your blood sugar levels; know your A1C
  • Check your blood pressure, cholesterol, eyes, feet and teeth

4. Take Medication

  • Know your pills and insulins, understand how they work and take the right doses at the right times

5. Problem Solve

  • Recognize your high and low blood sugars, understand what caused them and learn to treat and prevent them

6. Reduce Risk

  • Quit smoking
  • Do regular health exams (eye, foot & dental)
  • See your doctor regularly for check-ups and tests

7. Cope Well

  • Get support from your family, friends and diabetes care team
  • Set realistic goals and work toward them


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