7 Steps For Better Living With Diabetes

7 Steps For Better Living With Diabetes Infographic

This information has been reviewed and approved by Michelle O. MacDonald, RD, MS (January 2014)

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Summary: 7 Steps For Better Living With Diabetes

  1. Eat Healthy

    • Make health food choices

    • Watch portion sizes

    • Eat regular meals

  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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