Diabetes Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here! Flowers are blooming and trees are unfurling their leaves. A long winter has passed and hopefully the end of the COVID-19 pandemic[1] is in sight. As we put away our boots and winter coats and tackle spring cleaning chores, consider using this time to tackle and maybe refresh your diabetes management plan.

Reorganize diabetes supplies

Having the right supplies on hand can save you a late-night trip to the pharmacy and make it easier to stay on top of your diabetes.



Today’s blood glucose meters have come a long way: they’re small, easy to use, require less blood and give glucose results in seconds. Some meters even wirelessly transmit glucose readings to a smartphone app.

Test strips

Ketone strips

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If you have unused diabetes supplies and medicines that haven’t expired, consider donating them. Contact the following organizations for more information and to find out what each will or will not accept:

Reorganize your kitchen

There’s something very satisfying about cleaning out your fridge and tossing old, stale food from your cupboards. Holiday cookies from December still lying around? Toss. Expired milk or yogurt languishing in the fridge? Toss. Moldy or rotting vegetables in the crisper drawer? Toss or compost. Setting up your kitchen not only helps you feel better, it can help you eat healthier[14], too.

Along with cleaning out, think about some healthy eating goals for the warmer weather. It’s hard to commit to eating more fruits and vegetables if you don’t have any in your fridge. Make a list of foods that you want to eat on a regular basis. Take stock of your pantry and make a point to keep staples on hand so that you can easily put together a healthy meal at a moment’s notice. Stock up, too, on healthy snacks: nuts, seeds, yogurt, whole-grain crackers, cheese sticks and popcorn are great choices. Need help with your shopping list and meal planning? There’s an app for that — actually, many apps. Try Mealime[15], Yummly[16], Shopping List, Grocery Gadget[17], AnyList[18] or Out of Milk[19].

Dust off your activity plan

Clean up your appointment calendar

Having diabetes can mean a lot of appointments — from regular medical visits, to sessions with a dietitian or diabetes educator, to eye exams, to appointments with specialists…the list can seem endless. How do you stay organized?

Want more tips you for improving your diabetes management routine? Read “Take Five for Better Health.”[26]

  1. COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/coronavirus/
  2. CGM: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/cgm-diabetes-management/
  3. insulin pump: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/tools-tech/how-to-pick-an-insulin-pump-or-cgm/
  4. sign up for our free newsletter: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  5. insulin: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/what-does-insulin-do/
  6. safe to flush: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-fdas-flush-list-certain-medicines
  7. safely dispose of them: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines
  8. both iOS and Android users: https://www.onlinedoctor.com/best-medicine-reminder-apps/
  9. American Diabetes Association office in your state: https://www.diabetes.org/community/local-offices
  10. JDRF Chapter in or near your state: https://www.jdrf.org/chapter-finder/
  11. Insulin for Life: https://iflusa.org/
  12. CR3 Diabetes Association: https://cr3diabetes.org/donate-supplies/
  13. Integrated Diabetes Services: https://integrateddiabetes.com/
  14. eat healthier: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/healthy-living/nutrition-exercise/strategies-for-healthy-eating-with-diabetes/
  15. Mealime: https://www.mealime.com/
  16. Yummly: https://www.yummly.com/
  17. Grocery Gadget: https://grocerygadgets.com/how-grocery-gadgets-work.aspx
  18. AnyList: https://www.anylist.com/
  19. Out of Milk: https://www.outofmilk.com/
  20. physical activity plan: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/exercise/picking-the-right-activity-to-meet-your-fitness-goals/
  21. walking: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/exercise/health-benefits-of-walking/
  22. low blood sugar: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/understanding-hypoglycemia/
  23. telemedicine: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/education/diabetes-telehealth-tips-for-a-successful-virtual-visit/
  24. Cozi: https://www.cozi.com/
  25. questions that you have: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/diabetes-basics/planning-for-a-successful-health-care-visit/helpful-questions/
  26. “Take Five for Better Health.”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/take-five-better-health/

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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