Tips on Diabetes Self-Management

I haven't had a bowel movement today. Does this mean that I'm constipated?


When should I take my basal insulin?

In most cases, basal insulin should be taken at the same time of day, every day, at the prescribed intervals.

Learn more about basal insulin here.


I'm worried about starting on insulin. What can I do? Show Tip


Should I store my insulin pens in the refrigerator? Show Tip


Why would a person choose to use an insulin pen instead of a syringe? Show Tip


How should I handle traveling across time zones? Show Tip


What should I do with expired insulin? Show Tip


What should I do with expired insulin? Show Tip


How can you keep an insulin pen from leaking? Show Tip


Where should you never place insulin while traveling? Show Tip


How should I dispose of my used sharps (lancets, syringes, etc.)? Show Tip


Can I get off insulin with good self-management? Show Tip


If you have Type 2 diabetes, how do you know when it's time to begin taking insulin? Show Tip


Does needing to take insulin mean that I've failed at managing my diabetes? Show Tip


Why do I need to rotate my injection sites? Show Tip


How can I calculate my insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio? Show Tip


My blood glucose level often spikes after meals. What can I do? Show Tip


What is the HbA1c test? Show Tip


I'm trying to stick with a healthful meal plan, but I'm not sure how much I should be eating each day. Who could give me an authoritative answer? Show Tip


I have diabetes and cardiovascular disease. What should be my goal LDL ("bad") cholesterol level? Show Tip


My LDL ("bad") cholesterol level is 125 mg/dl. Should I be taking any steps to lower it? Show Tip


How can I reduce my risk of heart disease? Show Tip


Is there anything I ought to bring with me for a quick jog or stroll? Show Tip


What should I stock in my car in preparation for an emergency? Show Tip


What steps can I take to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies? Show Tip


How can I keep my blood glucose under control in an emergency situation such as a natural or man-made disaster? Show Tip


My diabetes management plan hasn't been controlling my blood glucose as effectively as I'd hoped. What can I do? Show Tip


What steps should I take at the end of a hospital stay to ensure a smooth transition home? Show Tip


How can I stay involved in my diabetes management during a hospital stay? Show Tip


What can I eat or drink to treat low blood glucose? Show Tip


What should I do if I think my blood glucose might be low? Show Tip


Start here if you're new to diabetes

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