Diabetes Self-Management Articles

These articles cover a wide range of subjects, from the most basic aspects of diabetes care to the nitty-gritty specifics.

Links not loading properly?

Some of our pages use Portable Document Format (PDF) files, which require Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download Acrobat Reader for free, visit www.adobe.com.

Sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletter and receive a FREE GIFT! Enter your e-mail below.

Learn more

Learn more about diabetes

Links to help you learn more about diabetes.

Ask a diabetes expert
Other diabetes resources
Browse article topics


Type 2 Diabetes
A Family Affair

by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Tommy Betram, RPh

Encourage your relatives to be proactive in their efforts to minimize their risks for Type 2 diabetes. It is well recognized that increased physical activity, healthy food choices, and sustained weight reduction improve insulin sensitivity, therefore decreasing insulin resistance. These positive lifestyle behaviors also lower blood pressure and improve blood fat levels, which additionally can help to lower the risk of heart disease.

In your enthusiasm to help your relatives improve their health, however, make sure you don’t become the “prediabetes police.” Don’t nag or lecture. Instead, lead by example, by engaging in regular physical activity, preparing healthful meals, keeping your medical appointments, and staying informed. Invite your family members to join you in your efforts, if possible, and support them in the efforts they are ready to make. With awareness, information, and conversation, you can make healthy living your family legacy, instead of Type 2 diabetes.

Page    1    2    3    4    Show All    

Also in this article:
Online Risk Evaluator
When Is It Diabetes?



More articles on Diabetes Basics



Statements and opinions expressed on this Web site are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the publishers or advertisers. The information provided on this Web site should not be construed as medical instruction. Consult appropriate health-care professionals before taking action based on this information.



Staying Active as a Family
It is no secret that exercise and physical activity can help keep the body in a healthier state.... Article

Healthful Eating: A Family Affair
Diabetes is a serious, chronic illness. While experts continue to learn more about diabetes,... Article

To Screen, or Not to Screen?
Expanding screening for Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes sounds like it should be pretty uncontroversial... Blog

Should I tell my doctor about the over-the-counter painkiller I've been using to treat headaches? Get tip