Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes
Living well with diabetes can be hard. Diabetes can affect many parts and functions of the body. Take charge and learn how to live well with your diabetes. To be your healthiest and feel your best:
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Get Physical Activity
- Make & Keep Appointments
- Manage Your Blood Sugar
- Stay Healthy: Manage Your ABCs
- Check Your Community
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Learn how to get to a healthy weight and stay there to stay in control. It does not have to be hard. Try creating a healthy plate with these three ideas:
- Eat less saturated fat
- Eat less sugar
- Eat healthy portions
Learn more by viewing some Tips for Eating Healthy with Diabetes (PDF).
Get Physical Activity
The goal is to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity. One way to do this is to try to fit in 20 to 25 minutes of activity every day. Here is how to get motivated:
- Find something you like. Share with your doctor discuss how to prepare, what to avoid and any special considerations.
- Start small. For example, park farther from the door, take the stairs, or do yard work.
- Find a partner. It helps you continue when someone is counting on you to show up.
- Pick a goal. Be specific, realistic and discuss them with your doctor.
- Put it in on a calendar. Link it to daily activities, you could schedule a walk after lunch.
Physical activity is especially important for you. Learn more on the Get Active! page, get active, and turn excuses into solutions.
Make & Keep Appointments
You could see different doctors and specialists about your diabetes. They all want to help you manage it and stay in good health. Who you should see and how often:
- Dentist, every 6 months
- Dietitian, once a year or as recommended
- Endocrinologist, every 3 to 6 months or as recommended
- Primary doctor, every 3 to 6 months or as recommended
- Podiatrist, once a year
- Ophthalmologist or optometrist, once a year or as recommended
Manage Your Blood Sugar
Know your personal target set by your doctor. General targets:
- Before meal 80 to 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl)
- 2 hours after you started eating your meal: Less than 180 mg/dl
The number of times you check your blood sugar depends on what your doctor recommends. Check your blood sugar regularly including:
- When you first wake up (fasting)
- Before a meal level
- 2 hours after a meal
- At bedtime
Stay Healthy, Manage Your ABCs
- A: Get your A1C test every few months
- B: Keep your blood pressure below the target set by your doctor
- C: Control your cholesterol levels
- S: Stop smoking or do not start
Check Your Community
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is just one of the Kansas Self-Management Education programs designed to empower and improve your quality of life. Learn about this program and others we manage in partnership with state and national organizations, then when you are ready find one near you.