If you have diabetes, you know the day-to-day steps needed to manage diabetes can be hard. Managing diabetes can be easier if you set goals and make a plan. This is important because research has shown that managing diabetes as early as possible can help prevent diabetes-related health
problems such as kidney disease, vision loss, heart disease and stroke. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) wants you to know that many people struggle with diabetes
and you are not alone. Managing diabetes is not easy, but it’s worth it.
You do not have to make big lifestyle changes all at once. Set realistic goals based on what is important to you. Start with small changes, such as walking 15 minutes twice a day or replacing sugary drinks with water. These are small steps that can go a long way to help you manage your diabetes. If you are having trouble coping with the demands of diabetes, ask for help. Having a network of support from family, friends, and your health care team can help you stay on track with your diabetes plan. The NDEP has free resources that can help. Please visit: www.ndep.nih.gov.