- Reach Your Blood Sugar Goal . .
- Tips to Control Blood Sugar
- Test your blood sugar. Ask your
health care provider when and how
- Keep a record of your blood tests,
medicines, and daily events. Review the record with your health care
- Take your diabetes medicine as
- Eat foods to control your blood sugar.
See a dietitian to create a
meal plan that is right for you.
- Get physical activity. If you
haven't been active, start slowly. Good activities are walking and swimming.
- Check your feet for cuts, blisters,
red spots, and swelling. Call your health care provider right away about any
sores that won't heal.
To Keep in Mind Along the Way
- Stay at a weight that is right for you.
Ask your health care provider what you should weigh.
- Treat low blood sugar quickly with
special tablets or gel made of glucose.
- Don't smoke. Talk to your health
care provider about ways to quit.
- Learn more about diabetes and diabetes
self-care. Ask your health care provider to suggest a dietitian and a
diabetes educator to help you manage your diabetes.
- Seek support from family and friends or
join a diabetes support group. Call your local hospital or health
department to find a support group.
To Do With Your Health Care Providers
- Write down your questions and take
them with you to each visit.
- Ask for a hemoglobin A1c test
at least twice a year and know what your test result means.
- Ask for regular blood pressure
checks, cholesterol tests, and other blood fat tests.
- Have your feet, eyes, and kidneys checked
at least once a year or more often if you have problems.
- See your dentist at least twice a
year. Tell your dentist you have diabetes.
California Diabetes Foundation
2275 Huntington Drive,
San Marino, CA 91108
is a Joint Program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention