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Helpful Tips

Treating and managing your diabetes on a daily basis is important to prevent major health problems. It's important to maintain good blood sugar levels, keep a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and actively work with your healthcare team to keep yourself healthy!

How can I better manage my diabetes?

  • Keep a healthy diet and manage your weight
  • Get more exercise
  • Check your blood sugar on a regular basis
  • Stop smoking 
  • Be aware of depression and get help to treat it
  • Work closely with your healthcare team. Contact our Care Management team for help with your diabetes.
  • Take your diabetes medications as prescribed by your doctor. Oral diabetes medications and insulin are taken every day but there are a few injectable medications that only need to be taken once a week. Make sure you understand how and when to take your medications.
  • To help you remember to take your medication, put a reminder note somewhere you cannot miss it, or set an alarm or a reminder on your smartphone.
  • Some gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea and diarrhea are expected and should resolve with time. If nausea bothers you, try to take your medication with a small meal or a snack like crackers.
  • You may need to take the medications for a long time or your whole life.
  • Do not stop the medication without talking to your doctor first.
  • Set up automatic refills or refill reminders at your pharmacy, OR
  • Use mail order pharmacy to get a three month supply of medications mailed to your home
Find out how you can get your prescriptions delivered with our Mail Order Pharmacy.
  • Blood sugar testing provides important information on how well your medications are working, or how your food intake, exercise or illness affect your blood sugar levels.
  • Check your blood sugar levels using a blood glucose meter. The frequency of testing may vary based on individual needs.
  • If you take insulin, check your blood sugar before meals and snacks and before and after exercise.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice on how often you need to check your blood sugar level.
  • Keep a record of your levels and discuss them with you doctor.

The American Diabetes Association recommends the following target blood sugar levels:  

  • Before meals: 80-130mg/dl
  • Two hour after meals: Less than 180mg/dl

These goals vary based on your age and personal health. Ask your doctor what your specific target goal should be.

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