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Keys to Success

The following checklist highlights ways that may help you deal with your diabetes. Review this list on a regular basis, refocusing your feelings and thoughts as other circumstances in your life change.

  • BE AWARE OF THE STUMBLING BLOCKS. Identify factors that can interfere with your diabetes management. Are you tempted to eat second portions of food? Is it inconvenient to check your blood glucose at work or school? Do you frequently eat out at restaurants? Does your working style cause you to lose track of time? By concentrating on major stumbling blocks to your diabetes care, you can find ways around them.

  • LEARN ABOUT DIABETES. Learn the importance of meal planning, physical activity, medications and checking your blood glucose. It’s very important that you have correct and up-to-date knowledge about how to take care of yourself.

  • MANAGE STRESS. Factors in your life that cause tension, wear you down or make you anxious. Work with your healthcare team to reduce these stresses.

  • BE PREPARED. Unlike people who don’t have diabetes, you may have to plan aspects of your day. Also, you need to be ready to handle high and low blood glucose levels. Being prepared can help you feel more at ease and in control.

  • SET ACHIEVABLE GOALS. With the help of your healthcare team, set practical and achievable goals. Approach your diabetes care in a step-by-step manner.

  • BE REALISTIC. You’re not always going to be in perfect control of your diabetes. You will have good days and bad days. When you occasionally have a bad day, don’t dwell on it. Simply try to continue without guilt or blame. The goal is to do the best that you can, and accept that you won’t be perfect.

  • ASK FOR SUPPORT. Tell your family and friends that you appreciate their support. Define the boundaries of what is personally helpful (something that is supportive to one person may not be supportive to another). Tell family and friends specific ways they can help you follow your treatment program. Bringing family members along to meet with your healthcare team can be a constructive way to include them in your support network.

  • BUILD A HEALTHCARE TEAM. You don’t have to do it alone. Doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, diabetes educators and behavioral specialists can help you solve the tough problems and feel more confident about caring for your diabetes.

Page last updated: September 15, 2019