Disease Management

Managing Your Diabetes

Follow your diabetes food plan - if you do not have one, ask you health care team about it.

  • Diabetes TestEat the right portions of healthy foods-such as fruits and vegetables (five to nine servings a day), fish, lean meats, dry beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
  • Eat foods that have less salt and fat.
  • Get 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Take medications the way your doctor tells you. Ask if you need aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke.
  • Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots and swelling. Call your health care team right away about any sores that won’t heal.
  • Brush your teeth and floss every day to avoid problems with your mouth, teeth or gums.
  • Check your blood glucose levels the way your doctor tells you to.

People with chronic illnesses must adjust to the demands of the illness itself, as well as to the treatments for their condition. A chronic illness is an illness that lasts for a very long time and usually can be controlled through diet, exercise, and certain medicines.

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