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Staying Healthy: Take-Away Tips

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Diabetes is a day-to-day challenge, and attention to detail is important. But don’t miss the forest for the trees: Keep the following in mind:

    • Serving size matters. Keep measuring cups and spoons and a food scale handy so you can accurately measure your portions.

 

    • Stay active. Increasing your activity level may lower your A1C by as much as 0.6%.

 

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    • Laughing is a good thing, so find ways to laugh often.

 

    • Learn from your mishaps; don’t chastise yourself. If your blood glucose goes up, try to figure out why.

 

    • Use time-management tools such as automatic medication or refill reminders.

 

    • Make time for preventive care.

 

  • When you have problems with your diabetes or other parts of your life, seek help – sooner rather than later.

Originally Published August 9, 2011

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