Living with Diabetes

It's not easy to learn that you have diabetes.

But remember that the more you learn, the more you can control it – instead of letting your diabetes control you.

There are several important things to be sure to do once you have been diagnosed with diabetes:

  1. Identify Your Health Care Team. If you don’t yet have a primary care physician, please contact us. You’ll want to be sure you have a primary care physician who understands diabetes and has experience treating people with diabetes. Your physician will be working closely with all the members of your health care team, which includes Diabetes Educators.
  2. Get Screened Regularly. Make sure you stick to a schedule of regular screenings recommended by your doctor, to monitor your diabetes. There are blood glucose monitoring tools that your doctor may recommend you use so that you can monitor your blood glucose levels at home.
  3. Learn about Diabetes. The more you know, the better you can control your diabetes. Please read through all of the information on our website.
  4. Be Active. Being active and moving your body helps to lower your blood glucose levels. This can mean walking, running or any other type of physical activity you enjoy.
  5. Eat Healthy. Eating the right kinds of foods will go a long way in helping control your diabetes. Our programs can also help support you in making changes to your diet. There are many things you can do to improve your diet – even if you don’t have a lot of time or money to spend. Our educators will walk you through some great options, adapted to our local diet. Read more tips on healthy eating here.