Tips on Diabetes Self-Management

What are some basic steps I can take to ensure the health of my feet?


How can I increase blood flow to my feet?

Try wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles for a few minutes every day to promote blood flow to your feet.

Learn more about caring for your feet here.


My foot ulcer has healed. Is it still necessary to see my podiatrist (foot doctor)? Show Tip


Might a topical disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide help my foot ulcer heal? Show Tip


How can I maintain the health of my feet if I have peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease? Show Tip


What are some signs of peripheral vascular disease? Show Tip


How can I avoid ever having a low blood glucose level? Show Tip


I experience symptoms of hypoglycemia even when my blood glucose levels are in range. Why might this be? Show Tip


What are some causes of hypoglycemia? Show Tip


What is considered to be a low blood glucose level? Show Tip


How can I guard against nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease)? Show Tip


How can I lower my risk of developing retinopathy (diabetic eye disease)? Show Tip


What's an important step I can take to maintain my blood glucose control while in the hospital? Show Tip


What steps should I take when visiting a new doctor? Show Tip


I frequently experience episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). What can I do? Show Tip


I have Type 2 diabetes, and my doctor has just added insulin to my treatment regimen. Why might this be? Show Tip


My diabetes management has taken a backseat to other areas of my life recently. How can I make my management plan simpler while I deal with other things? Show Tip


What should I do if my diabetes supplies are too expensive? Show Tip


I'm having a difficult time handling my diabetes. What can I do? Show Tip


A healthful eating plan and increased physical activity have not brought my blood glucose under control. What is the next step? Show Tip


How much exercise should I aim to do each week? Show Tip


What percentage of my calories should come from fat? Show Tip


How can I lower my cholesterol level? Show Tip


How often should my cardiovascular risk factors be checked? Show Tip


What are some risk factors for cardiovascular disease? Show Tip


I'm starting a new job. What steps can I take to keep my diabetes under control during this transition? Show Tip


How often should I change the insulin in my pump reservoir? Show Tip


For how long can I use a vial of insulin? Show Tip


How can I ensure I'm counting carbohydrate accurately? Show Tip


Can stress have an effect on my blood glucose level? Show Tip


My blood glucose remains high long after meals. Why might this be? Show Tip


Start here if you're new to diabetes

New to diabetes? Find out everything you need to know.

Start with Diabetes Basics


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