Tips on Diabetes Self-Management

What percentage of my calories should come from fat?


How often should my cardiovascular risk factors be checked?

Your cardiovascular risk factors should be assessed by your physician at least once a year.

Learn more about maintaining heart health here.


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


What is the best way to determine whether I have high blood glucose? Show Tip


How should I count fiber when determining how much insulin I need to cover a meal or snack? Show Tip


Will going on a gluten-free diet affect my diabetes regimen? Show Tip


Can celiac disease affect a person’s blood glucose levels? Show Tip


My doctor thinks I have celiac disease. Should I stop eating gluten-containing foods? Show Tip


A close relative was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Am I at risk as well? Show Tip


What factors should I consider when taking insulin to bring down a high blood glucose level? Show Tip


Should I keep my blood glucose level on the high side to prevent episodes of low blood glucose? Show Tip


My latest blood glucose reading was out of range. What could have caused this? Show Tip


My blood glucose level just keeps going up no matter what I do. What action should I take? Show Tip


Should I skip insulin injections on days I don’t feel well? Show Tip


Should I alter my medicine regimen on stressful days? Show Tip


How should I treat low blood glucose? Show Tip


How long can I use an open vial of insulin? Show Tip


What types of information should I include in a blood glucose logbook? Show Tip


What’s the best way to determine when to take a mealtime dose of insulin? Show Tip


How can I reduce after-meal spikes in blood glucose? Show Tip


My blood glucose is spiking after meals. What steps should I take? Show Tip


How can I tell if my blood glucose is spiking after meals? Show Tip


Will my health insurance cover the cost of an HbA1c test? Show Tip


What HbA1c goal should I aim for? Show Tip


What are some precautions I should take when bicycling? Show Tip


Start here if you're new to diabetes

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

Start with Diabetes Basics


Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring — Part 1: The Gear
Blood glucose self-monitoring is one of the keys to diabetes control. Here are the tools you need to carry out this task.

Perfectionism: An Impossible Goal in Diabetes Management
Striving for good self-care is important, but perfectionism can make diabetes care — and life — more difficult.

Recipes for Spring
Enjoy recipes for Baked salmon on beet greens, Tofu and snow pea slaw, Radish and cucumber salad, Spinach pinwheels, Beet salad with citrus dressing, and Stuffed berries.

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