Diabetes Education

Take charge of your diabetes through diabetes education

Why manage my diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition. It has many facets, and it requires careful attention to all parts of your body. It means more than just taking your pills or insulin on time and then ignoring your health for the rest of the day.

Having diabetes means that you have to make adjustments to your lifestyle. Taking charge of your diabetes requires dedication. You have to focus on areas such as nutrition, physical activity, medication, and glucose and blood pressure monitoring. Good control of blood glucose can prevent complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and erectile dysfunction (impotence).

By preventing these complications and controlling glucose, you improve your quality of life. To achieve well-being, you and your family will need to make many decisions throughout the day. These decisions include:

  • what to eat
  • when to eat
  • when to take medications or insulin
  • how and when to check blood glucose
  • what to do when you experience high or low blood sugars
  • how to take care of your feet
  • how to include physical activity as part of your lifestyle
  • how to manage your diabetes when you are sick
  • how to manage your diabetes when you are travelling

These daily decisions won’t seem so overwhelming if you take advantage of diabetes education. Diabetes educators help you and your family understand and manage your diabetes. Then you can make the right decisions with less stress.

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