Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life. Be proactive! Follow these guidelines for controlling your diabetes, and your problems should be few and far between:

  • Major monitoring: Make sure your doctor orders the key tests at the right times.

  • Devout dieting: Work with a dietitian to develop a great eating plan.

  • Tenacious testing: Check your blood glucose at correct intervals.

  • Enthusiastic exercising: Burn off calories and help your heart.

  • Lifelong learning: New things are being discovered and you need to know about them.

  • Meticulous medicating: You can’t respond to medicines you don’t take.

  • Appropriate attitude: A positive attitude results in better control of your diabetes.

  • Preventive planning: Know the menu before you go.

  • Fastidious foot care: Check your feet with your eyes daily.

  • Essential eye care: Get an eye exam every year.