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April 25, 2017 Take the next step: Tips to help you reach your diabetes management goals
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(BPT) - Nearly 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, urges those with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn if they’re at risk of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and how to help reduce that risk.

Managing type 2 diabetes isn’t always easy. Last year, thousands of patients and caregivers across the country echoed that first-hand by sharing their stories with America’s Diabetes Challenge. Common challenges were identified, like eating healthy, exercising, sticking to a treatment plan and coping with managing your disease.

Here are some tips to help you or a loved one with type 2 diabetes tackle these challenges head-on!

1. Plan Ahead*

Making healthy food choices is an important part of managing your blood glucose and reaching your A1C goal. However, many people don’t have time to cook well-balanced meals every day. Instead, try setting aside one night each week for meal prep so you can have a few healthy dishes ready to go. You can also set aside snacks to have on hand in case your blood glucose gets low, like fruit juice or hard candies.

2. Make Small Changes*

Exercise plays a key role in type 2 diabetes management and can help lower your blood glucose. But, beginning a workout program can be difficult and intimidating. Take one step at a time (literally!) by slowly adding more physical activity into your day. You can start by using the stairs instead of the elevator or go on a short walk around the block after meals. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before starting or making any changes to your exercise routine.

3. Start a Routine*

Keeping track of all the different aspects of your diabetes treatment plan — like diet, exercise and medication (if prescribed) — can be overwhelming. But, being consistent and forming good habits can make things easier. For example, use a pill box that you fill each week or schedule reminders on your phone. Blood glucose management is different for everyone, so ask your doctor how often you should take your medication and test your blood glucose.

4. Build a Support System

Managing type 2 diabetes has its ups and downs, but you don’t have to experience them alone. Whether it’s your doctor, a family member, or a friend, surround yourself with people you can confide in when you struggle — and celebrate with when you reach a goal. Knowing you’re not alone, and having a support system to motivate you, can make a big difference!

Want more advice? Go to AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com to find additional tips and then put them into action. Whether you decide to cook a new healthy recipe or try out an exercise class with a friend, make sure to upload a picture, write a brief story or submit a video to the website so you can share your progress!

*Remember to always talk with your doctor before making any changes to your individualized diabetes management plan.

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