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Setting Personal Goals

Diabetes self-management

When you’re living with diabetes, it’s a daily challenge to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Setting personal goals can help you focus your efforts and try to keep yourself on track. Goals like eating healthy, staying active, and monitoring blood sugar can be important aspects of diabetes self-management. It’s also important to be realistic about your goals. Making small, manageable changes—such as adding just one healthy habit to your day—may help you stay motivated.

As with all decisions concerning your treatment of diabetes, it is important to work with your doctor to determine what is right for you.

Helpful tips for diabetes self-management

  • Create a meal plan. Make a go-to guide for choosing which foods to eat and when. A successful meal plan can help you stay on target for your blood sugar numbers and weight goals. Learn more about eating healthy
  • Stay active. Regular physical activity is not only good for managing your diabetes but also for your overall health and well-being. Learn more about diabetes and exercise
  • Check your blood glucose (blood sugar) if your doctor told you to do so. Testing and tracking your blood sugar levels can help you and your doctor see how well your diabetes plan is working. If your blood sugar levels are too high or too low, your doctor may want to change your treatment plan. Learn more about blood sugar control

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