U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Living With Diabetes

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If you are living with diabetes or have a loved with the disease, it's important to work together to manage diabetes to stay healthy and prevent complications. Managing diabetes is not easy, but support from family members can make it much easier. The NDEP has resources for making healthy lifestyle choices that not only help people with diabetes manage the disease, but also help keep the whole family healthy!

Here are four key steps to help you control your diabetes and live a long, active life.

Step 1: Learn About Diabetes

Diabetes means that your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. There are two main types of diabetes.

Step 2: Know Your Diabetes ABCs

Talk to your health care team about how to manage your A1C (blood glucose or sugar), Blood pressure, and Cholesterol. This will help lower your chances of having a heart attack, a stroke, or other diabetes problems.

Step 3: Manage Your Diabetes

Many people avoid the long-term problems of diabetes by taking good care of themselves. Work with your health care team to reach your ABC goals. Use this self-care plan.

Step 4: Get Routine Care to Avoid Problems

See your health care team at least twice a year to find and treat any problems early. Ask what steps you can take to reach your goals.



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Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. NDEP has assembled the materials below to help teens with diabetes make a smooth transition to adult health care. Families and health care professionals will also find these materials helpful. 

Older A​dults​​​

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Find helpful tools to better understand  and manage diabetes issues that affect this population.