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Managing diabetes so it works for you

Listen, if you want to manage your diabetes and live a healthy, active life, you need to control your blood sugar. It’s important that you work with your docs and other health care providers to build a personalized diabetes care plan that includes healthy eating, physical activity, tracking your blood sugar, and taking your medicine as prescribed by your health care provider.

If you feel frustrated coping with diabetes, you're not alone. I went through this myself, and I reached out to friends and family to help. My advice is to get connected to your community. Recognize that these feelings are normal and learn healthy ways to manage them.

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Work with your care team to create a diabetes care plan

Managing your diabetes is going to be a team effort. There are a bunch of different types of health care providers ready to help. They’re around to help you get the care you need to manage your diabetes. Together, they form your diabetes care team. Stay involved, especially with your primary health care provider, as you create a personalized diabetes care plan to help get you to your goal and keep you there. The same goes for the people in your circle—your family and friends, who are also part of your support team and can provide support in many different ways. They all play for team YOU!

Staying on track with your diabetes care plan. You got this!

There’s a lot to think about with diabetes. You may find that you need to make some changes to your daily life. You’re going to need a diabetes care plan that guides you through healthy eating, physical activity, and how to take the medicine you may need. But you’re not doing this thing alone.

Remember, diabetes may change over time, even if you are doing everything right. As time goes on, your diabetes care plan may need to change, too. But it doesn’t mean that your diabetes is getting worse. It might just mean your body is making less insulin or is less effective in responding to the insulin it makes (this is fairly common and is also known as insulin resistance).

Your health care provider may recommend that you start, change, add, or increase a medicine along with eating healthy and being active to help get your blood sugar in check. By adjusting to the changes that need to be made in your diabetes care plan over time, you may be better able to manage both your diabetes and your long-term health. It took me a while to adjust, and I had to make some real changes to my care plan here and there. But trust me, it’s worth it!

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Anthony Anderson's diabetes story

Diabetes is diabetes, even if you’re a celebrity. Hear how I got real about eating healthy, being active, and taking my medicine as discussed with my doctor.

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