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What are simple ways for people with diabetes to improve their health?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Taking care of your diabetes can help you avoid many of the long-term problems from diabetes, including kidney disease, blindness and amputation. Good diabetes care involves taking good care of yourself in general. Follow the tips for managing your diabetes outlined by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). Eating a low-fat, low-salt, high-fiber diet and exercising 30 to 60 minutes per day can help you keep your blood sugar and body weight under control. Finding support if you're feeling down and learning to cope with stress are other important strategies. Stopping smoking and getting regular checkups are also recommended. Good oral hygiene and doing daily foot checks can help you detect any dental or foot problems early. Finally, monitoring your blood sugar levels and getting your blood pressure checked as recommended by your doctor can help you avoid complications from your diabetes. These strategies are likely to help you feel better overall.

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