Managing Your Diabetes

Knowing Your Numbers

The following tests can be done with a finger prick, on site at the Wellness Center and monthly at the Senior Center


Types of cholesterol:
HDL(good ) (Greater than 40 for men and women Greater than 50, LDL (not good) (less than 100, with diabetes 70 or less) total cholesterol (less than 200) A1C: A test that revels blood sugar control over a 3 month period, normal: 4-6 persons with diabetes 7 or less

Blood Pressure Checks

American Heart Association Standard:
less than 120/80 Persons with Diabetes less than 140/90

Managing Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed seven key areas to focus on. A diabetes educator can help you set priorities and coach you on each of these areas.


Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat. But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.


Being active not just about losing weight. It has many health benefits like lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, lowering stress and anxiety, and improving your mood. If you have diabetes,


Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food


There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes. Insulin, pills that lower your blood sugar, aspirin, blood pressure medication, cholesterol-l

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Everyone encounters problems with their diabetes control; you can’t plan for every situation you may face. However, there are some problem-solving skills that can help you prepare for the unexpected


Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes-related complications.


Diabetes can affect your physically and emotionally. It’s natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions