Living Well With Diabetes

Tips and Resources for Living Well with Diabetes

It’s important that you and your healthcare team manage your diabetes in order to stay healthy. Blindness, heart disease, kidney damage or failure, and complications due to poor blood circulation like impotence and loss of limbs can develop if your diabetes gets out of control. 

Important tests:

living well eyes Have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Report any changes in your vision to your eye doctor immediately, as this could be caused by damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. 
living well feet Keep an eye on your feet and ask your doctor to check them at every visit. High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet that allow you to feel pain. You may not feel a cut or sore. If you leave it untreated, you may get an infection which could lead to an amputation. 
living well teeth Diabetes can make dental problems worse. High blood sugar causes germs and bacteria to grow on your gums, in your mouth, and on your teeth. This promotes plaque build up on your teeth. Call your dentist if you think you have problems with your teeth or gums. Be sure to brush, floss, and go for dental check ups at least twice a year. 

You should also try to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Stop smoking
  • Be aware of depression and get help to treat it 

Links We Like

Diabetes Calendar

2018 well sense diabetes calendar

Use this calendar to record your blood sugar levels while learning tips to help manage your diabetes. Spanish version can be downloaded here

Diabetes Calendar

Goal Tracking Sheet

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This simple tool will help you track your goals and test results throughout the year.

Diabetes Management Goals