Diabetes is a condition that can cause your blood sugars to be in an unhealthy range.
We understand that living with diabetes can be difficult. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. With the right tools and support, you can feel your best and spend more time doing the things that are important to you.
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When your blood sugars are in a healthy range you will:
When your blood sugars are not in a healthy range you will:
It is important to know that every person with diabetes is unique. You and your healthcare provider should pick a healthy blood sugar range that is right for you. Think of your healthy blood sugar range as the target you should aim for. The two ways to know if your blood sugar is in a healthy range are with Blood Sugar Testing and A1c monitoring.
The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for most non-pregnant adults with diabetes. You and your provider can decide on the right targets for you.
|When to Test||Blood Sugar Target Range|
1-2 hours after meals
Less than 180 mg/dl
The other important blood sugar test to know is the A1c test. Your A1c result gives you a good idea of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.
The American Diabetes Association suggests an A1c level of 7% for most nonpregnant adults. You and your provider can decide on the right target for you.
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Living with diabetes is not always easy. Knowing what is important to you can help you develop the right diabetes treatment plan for you. When you know and value the things that are important to you, it is easier for you to follow your plan.
Use the list below to pick what is important to you:
Now that you know what’s important to you, write it down in a place where you will see it.
This could be on your:
It will help remind you why you are working so hard to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range.
Each person has different things that get in the way of taking care of their diabetes. The first step is to identify them. What gets in your way or makes it hard for you to take care of your diabetes?
The following list may help you get started:Download: What Gets in Your Way?
Being as healthy as possible with diabetes usually involves the following self-care behaviors:
Think about the self-care behaviors listed on the left. What would you like to know more about or do differently? Use this list to help you get started.
Once you decide what would like to work on, you can set a goal. Goals give you a clear picture of what is important to you. You are more likely to reach your goals when you write them down and have a good plan. Remember to start with small changes in your self-care and take it one step at a time!
There are many tools that you can use to set a goal and make your plan.
Here is a great one to use to get started:
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