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I Have Diabetes (en Español)

If you are living with diabetes or have a loved with the disease, it's important to work together to manage diabetes to stay healthy and prevent complications. Managing diabetes is not easy, but support from family members can make it much easier. The NDEP has resources for making healthy lifestyle choices that not only help people with diabetes manage the disease, but also help keep the whole family healthy!

Here are four key steps to help you control your diabetes and live a long, active life.

Step 1: Learn About Diabetes

Diabetes means that your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. There are two main types of diabetes.

Step 2: Know Your Diabetes ABCs

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.

Diabetes HealthSense

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.

Step 3: Manage Your Diabetes

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.

Step 4: Get Routine Care to Avoid Problems

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.

Diabetes and Heart Health

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.

Publications

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4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

(NDEP-67)

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.

Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families (Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiares)

Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families (Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiares)

A bilingual booklet, Tasty Recipes is filled with recipes specifically designed for Latin Americans. Recipes are accompanied by their nutritional facts table. The booklet also includes diabetes health information and resources. This effective, yet practical, educational promotional tool is a terrific...

How to Help a Loved One Cope with Diabetes

How to Help a Loved One Cope with Diabetes

(NDEP-57)

This tip sheet provides practical suggestions for helping loved ones cope with diabetes. It also lists organizations that can help.

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Resources

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National Diabetes Month 2013 Feature Article

National Diabetes Month 2013 Feature Article

Submit this article to your local newspaper or promote it in your organization's newsletter or e-newsletter.

Take Care of Your Diabetes to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Take Care of Your Diabetes to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

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.

Family Reunion Health Guide

Family Reunion Health Guide

Use this resource from the National Kidney Disease Education Program to discuss the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease at your next family reunion—or any family gathering.

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