I Have Diabetes (en Español)
Whether you have just learned you have diabetes or you have been living with diabetes for a while, it is important that you take care of yourself and prevent or delay some of the serious problems diabetes can cause.
Here are four key steps to help you control your diabetes and live a long, active life.
Diabetes means that your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. There are two main types of diabetes.
Talk to your health care team about how to manage your A1C (blood glucose or sugar), Blood pressure, and Cholesterol. This will help lower your chances of having a heart attack, a stroke, or other diabetes problems.
Find tools and programs that can help you with making lifestyle and behavior changes. Diabetes HealthSense also includes research articles on lifestyle changes and behavioral strategies.
Many people avoid the long-term problems of diabetes by taking good care of themselves. Work with your health care team to reach your ABC goals. Use this self-care plan.
See your health care team at least twice a year to find and treat any problems early. Ask what steps you can take to reach your goals.
If you have diabetes, it is important to take care of your heart. Learn about how diabetes affects your heart and tips for lowering your risk for heart disease and other heart problems.
These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.
This brochure for older adults helps them manage their diabetes, understand how to check blood glucose levels, manage the ABCs of diabetes, and access Medicare benefits.
Learn more about the importance of knowing your blood sugar numbers. This publication contains information on the A1C test, self-monitoring blood glucose, and working with a health care team to set blood glucose targets and reach them.
In addition to a downloadable file (PDF) of the four-page tip sheet,...
This patient education sheet explains the link between diabetes and heart disease. It encourages patients to work with their health care team to set targets and manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It includes a record form to track target numbers.
If you have diabetes, it’s important that you know about the link between diabetes and kidney disease, and what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy. Share this article in your organization’s newsletter or with media to promote diabetes awareness.
Learn more about the National Diabetes Education Program's initiatives, goals and partnership network.
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