Understand Your Diabetes

Understanding diabetes is the first step towards gaining control. Here are some resources that we’ve found helpful for connecting you with information, experts, and others living with diabetes.
  1.  American Diabetes Association (ADA) allows you to connect with the people that know best. The ADA is a reliable resource for all things diabetes. It’s a great place to find out more about diabetes research, local programs and events, and general diabetes information.
  2. Patients Like Me is an online network of 400,000+ patients with diabetes and other conditions who can help you find answers. Learn about what to expect during your diabetes journey by connecting with other people with your condition.
  3. WebMD for easy to understand medical information around diabetes. In addition to providing guides and videos for the basics, they also have articles on topics like alternative therapies, sleep and even sex!
  4. AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families—such as diabetes.

Take Control

Get control of diabetes instead of letting it control you. An important part of managing your diabetes is tracking your blood sugar levels and putting together a plan that works for you.

  1. AADE Diabetes Goal Tracker make it easier to understand what you’re eating and how it affects your body. To help you stay on track of your goals the app has reminders to check-in on how you’re doing and lets you make any personal notes on your progress.
  2. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program has experts that can help you start your journey with diabetes. This small-group program is for pre-diabetics and is comprised of trained lifestyle coaches who will help you learn how to eat healthier, increase your physical activity, and lose weight.
  3. GlucoTrack checks your blood sugar levels (without you having to prick your finger!). This small sensor clips comfortably to your ear lobe while your sugar levels are calculated and then sends the information straight to your cell phone.
  4. Pill Pack makes it easy for you to take the right pills at the right time. This home delivery pharmacy beautifully pre-packages each of your medications by day and time so you always know exactly what medications to take and when.

Eat Healthy

Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight are important for managing your diabetes. These tips and tools help you stay trim and manage your blood sugar without having to give up your favorite foods.

  1. BistroMD helps you take a shortcut to eating right by setting up a subscription to have healthy entrees delivered straight to your home.

Stay Fit

Regular physical activity is a key part of managing diabetes. Here are a few tips and tools to help you get or stay in shape.

  1. MyFitnessPal is a free smartphone app and website that tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric intake and nutrients for the users’ goals and uses gamification elements to motivate users.
  2.  The Headspace app can help ease the stress of diagnosis.  Meditation can be a great way to reduce anxiety and take of your whole health – body, mind and spirit! Download and try the Headspace app and perform guided meditation anytime, anyplace for just 10 minutes every day.

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