Taking Care of Your Diabetes

Taking care of yourself and your diabetes can help you feel good today and in the future. Use these booklets, tip sheets, and fact sheets to help you take control of your health by working with your health care team and adopting healthy behaviors to avoid complications and enjoy a healthier life.

  • 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life
    This booklet helps people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. It is especially useful for people who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about managing the disease. Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Haitian, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.
  • Tips to Help You Stay Healthy With Diabetes
    Use this tip sheet to help you manage your diabetes and live a long and active life. Print and use the Diabetes Care Record and Action Plan.
    English pdf icon[PDF – 161 KB]
    Spanish pdf icon[PDF – 156K]
  • Managing Diabetes
    This web page offers guidance on how to manage your diabetes to stay healthy and how to deal with financial costs, complications, and other issues that people with diabetes might face.

    All Medicines Matter!
    Managing your medicines is very important for people with diabetes. Use this fact sheet to learn how to manage your medicines and get your doctors and pharmacists involved in the management of your diabetes.
    English pdf icon[PDF – 453 KB]
    Spanish pdf icon[PDF – 641K]
  • Know Your Blood Sugar Numbersexternal icon
    Understanding your blood sugar numbers is very important for people with diabetes. This tip sheet contains information on the A1C test, monitoring your blood sugar (glucose), and working with a health care team to set blood sugar targets and reach them. Also available in Spanish.
  • How to Help a Loved One Cope with Diabetes pdf icon[PDF – 918K]
    When people have the support of their family and friends, they are able to better manage their diabetes. Follow the suggestions in this tip sheet to help your loved ones cope with diabetes.

  • Diabetes and Adult Vaccines pdf icon[PDF-440KB]
    People with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) are at higher risk for serious problems from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Use this flyer to learn about the importance of being vaccinated and find out which vaccines you should receive.

  • Stay Well in Flu Season
    This website gives you information on how to prevent flu and how to take care of yourself and your diabetes if you become sick.

Page last reviewed: February 7, 2017