CALIFORNIA DIABETES FOUNDATION
7 Principles for Controlling Your Diabetes for Life
brochure will help you learn about 7 principles for good diabetes care.
These principles are the steps you can take to control your diabetes. Every person who has diabetes has different needs. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that is best for you. When you have diabetes, controlling it can help you live a long and active life.
It Is Important to Control Diabetes
Taking good care of diabetes can lower the chances of getting:
As you read this brochure, look for things that start with a to help you learn how to control your diabetes.
Take this brochure with you when you go to your doctor.
Find Out What Type of Diabetes You Have
If you have diabetes, you should know what type you have. If you do not know, ask your doctor whether you have:
Your doctor may use some terms that are no longer used to describe diabetes. If your doctor uses any of these, ask whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Terms that are no longer used include:
Many People Who Have Diabetes Do Not Know It
Finding and treating diabetes early can prevent health problems later on. Some people are at higher risk for diabetes than others. Risk factors for diabetes include:
Get Regular Care for Your Diabetes
All of the statements are true.
You have the right to get the best health care to help you control your diabetes.
Learn How to Control Your Diabetes
You and your family have the right to get correct information from your doctor and other health care providers to help you learn how to control your diabetes.
How Active Are You in Controlling Your Diabetes?
Look at the list below. Check all of the boxes that describe you.
If you checked everything on the list above, you are taking an active role in learning how to control your diabetes. If you did not check everything on the list, ask your doctor about things that you should do to learn more about how to control your diabetes. Learning how to control your diabetes can help you stay healthy.
Treat High Blood Sugar
The number one goal of diabetes treatment is to control high blood sugar levels. There are many ways that this can be done. These include:
Monitor Your Blood Sugar Level
Testing Your Own Blood Sugar
You may need to test your own blood sugar on a regular basis to help you control your diabetes.
Hemoglobin A1c Testing
A hemoglobin A1c test is done by your doctor. It measures how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the last 2 to 3 months. This test is very important because it tells how well you are taking care of your diabetes.
To learn more about this and other blood sugar tests, you can call 1-800-438-5383. Ask for the brochure called Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers: The ABCs of Testing for Blood Sugar Control.
Prevent and Diagnose Long-Term Diabetes Problems
People with diabetes must control their blood sugar levels to prevent problems such as eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease, and stroke. Here are some tests that you should get on a regular basis. These include:
Remember, to help control and manage your diabetes, you should also do the following:
Get Checked for Long-Term Problems and Treat Them
To check for problems that diabetes can cause, you should see your doctor or other health care providers on a regular basis. Doing this can prevent problems or find them early, when they can be treated and managed well.
take good care of your diabetes for life, be sure to follow these 7
People who have diabetes and keep their blood sugar levels under control can expect to live a long and active life
California Diabetes Foundation
2975 Huntington Drive, Suite 202
San Marino, CA 91108
*NDEP is a Joint Program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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