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Tips For Successful Diabetes Management

Doing something is better than doing nothing

You may not able to "tackle it all at once," but if you're doing something positive for your health each day, that's better than taking no action at all.

Take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of others

If you care for children, an ill spouse, elderly parents, etc., it's easy to prioritize them and neglect yourself. Remember, you cannot be a quality caregiver if you are not in good health. 

Changing your environment can help to change your behavior

  • It's easier to not buy the food you tend to overeat, instead of deciding not to eat it in the moment.
  • Keep your glucose meter where you'll see it, instead of trying to remember to check your blood sugar. 
  • Set an alarm, use sticky notes, and keep medication & insulin in your sight. 

Prioritize your goals

Don't make too many changes all at once. When you become overwhelmed, you're more likely to stop completely. Prioritizing one or two new things to work on will increase your confidence and improve your health. Then, set additional goals when you're ready.

Set S.M.A.R.T. goals

“I will eat smaller portions” or “I will test my blood sugars more often” are excellent goals, but too vague.

S  specific: Goals must be clear and well defined (I'll test my blood sugars twice per day every day).

M  measurable: Goals must include precise amounts and dates so you can measure success (I'll eat at least one vegetable with dinner every night for a month).

A  attainable: Goals must be realistic. If you currently test blood sugars once a day, it may not be realistic to think you'll immediately begin testing six times per day.  

R  relevant: Goals must meet your needs. If overeating is your biggest problem, it may not be helpful to prioritize goals related to blood sugar testing.

T  timely: Set a timeframe and completion date (During the next two weeks, I'll check my blood sugar every morning and evening)