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Health Journey Support | Your Guide to Type 1 Diabetes Management

You can learn how to take care of your type 1 diabetes and prevent some of the serious problems diabetes can cause. The more you know, the better you can manage your diabetes. Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC).

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Your Guide to Type 1 Diabetes Management

Type 1 diabetes can cause some serious health problems. That's why managing your diabetes can help you feel better today and in the future.

Do 4 things every day to manage your diabetes

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Reduce stress

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Eat well

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Be active

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Monitor your diabetes

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Reduce stress Your blood sugar can rise because of stress. That's why it's important to learn how to lower your stress levels. Many activities can help with reducing stress, like deep breathing and listening to music. If your mental health is affected, ask for help. Talk with a mental health counselor, support group, religious leader, friend, or family member about how you're feeling.

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Eat well Your health care team should help you put together a diabetes meal plan. Choose foods that are lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and salt. Be sure to eat foods with more fiber and drink water instead of juice or soda. When you eat, try to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with lean protein, and one quarter with whole grains.

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Be active In addition to your meal plan, being active can help you stay at or get to a healthy weight. You can start slowly by taking 10-minute walks, 3 times a day. Eventually, use stretch bands, do yoga, engage in heavy gardening (digging and planting with tools), or try push-ups to build muscle strength.

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Monitor your diabetes

  • Keep track of your blood sugar
  • Take all of your medicine as prescribed
  • Check your feet for cuts, blisters, red spots, or swelling. If you have any sores that do not go away, call your health care team immediately
  • Check your blood pressure if your doctor directs you to

Talk to your doctor Always talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Ask your doctor before starting any treatments or making changes in your routine or medicine.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.