The More You Know, the Better

The more you know about diabetes medicines, the better you will be able to work with your health care provider to choose the treatment plan that best meets your needs. The American Diabetes Association’s most recent guidelines recommend treatment plans that are based on each person’s individual needs. That’s why your health care provider may want you to be as involved in the process as possible. And why you should spend some time learning all you can about managing type 2 diabetes at Cornerstones4Care®, your source for advice and inspiration to help you stay motivated and independent.

It’s important to stay active

what are some ways to stay active

To help manage your type 2 diabetes, it’s important to maintain an active lifestyle. Regular exercise can help prevent health problems, help keep your weight down, and help insulin work better to lower your blood sugar levels. Even little things like walking in place while watching TV can make a difference. 

Food for thought about healthy eating

how do I make healthy eating a habit

For everyone, healthy eating should be an important part of life. But for people with diabetes, it plays a big part in managing blood sugar. Your diabetes care team can help you create a delicious meal plan designed to help you achieve your goals. But keep in mind that it’s important to eat a variety of healthy foods, including plenty of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, beans, lean meats, poultry, and fish. Here are healthy recipes your whole family will love.

To help reduce blood sugar, reduce stress

to help reduce blood sugar, reduce stress

Dealing with your diabetes can be stressful. And unfortunately, stress can affect your blood sugar and insulin levels. So, it’s no surprise that learning to manage stress may help you keep your blood sugar under control. It’s important to look out for signals of unusual stress so that you can begin to find ways to cope with it.

Ways to manage stress

Type 2 diabetes checklist

Here are some suggestions for dealing with stress:

  • Stay active. It can improve your blood sugar levels as well as your mood.
  • Be positive. Avoid negative thoughts by concentrating on things that you enjoy.
  • Laugh. It may lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones.
  • Practice yoga. It can help you feel calm.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep loss may lead to weight gain and may interfere with your body’s ability to respond to insulin.

Have fun!

have fun

Staying active shouldn’t be a chore. Find activities you enjoy so you’ll have fun while helping your health. If you’re not used to being physically active, start slow and easy. Try walking the dog, or spending some time in the garden. Once you feel more comfortable, you can try different activities, like joining a group or class. And always speak with your health care provider before starting any kind of fitness routine.

Cornerstones4Care® is at your service, 24/7

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Novo Nordisk is committed to your success. That’s why we offer a free, personalized diabetes support program called Cornerstones4Care®. Sign up now to get resources that can help you stay motivated and independent, including:

  • Bite-sized, everyday lessons on eating better, moving more, and managing diabetes
  • Healthy and delicious recipes
  • Live one-on-one support from a Diabetes Health Coach
  • Tracking tools

The live one-on-one support of a Diabetes Health Coach is just a phone call away.
Call 1-866-696-4090 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm ET.