Chapter 1: You Can Live Well With Diabetes!
You’re In Charge
Your health care team may be experts on diabetes,
but you are the expert on you. No one else can manage
your diabetes for you. So work closely with your health
care team to create a management plan that you can
stick with. Remember: As your life changes, your plan
may need to change too. In fact, anytime your plan isn’t
working as intended, it may be time to change the plan.
This can help to protect your health, now and in the
The rest of this workbook focuses on what you’ll need
to create your diabetes management plan. Each section
gives you information and tips you can use every day.
Use the fill-ins and checkboxes to mark ideas that you
would like to try. In chapter 6, you’ll find an example
of your diabetes tool kit. You’ll also find a glossary of
diabetes terms and resources for
learning more about diabetes
Reasons to Manage Your Diabetes
Diabetes can take a toll on your body and lifestyle. Here
are just a few of the benefits you gain by creating and
sticking with a management plan:
• May help reduce your risk of serious complications
such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, or lower limb
• Have more energy and a better sense of well-being
• Miss fewer days of work, school, or other
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