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While you can’t change your genes, you can make some simple positive behavioral and lifestyle changes that can help you better manage your diabetes and avoid complications. You are the one who manages your diabetes day-by-day and learning how to take care of yourself and your diabetes will help you feel good today and in the future. 1-2

People with diabetes need to make healthy food choices, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical activity, and take their medicine even when they feel good.1 You should talk to your doctor or health care team about how to check your blood sugar as well as how to manage your HbA1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol to make a plan that will work for you.1,4 For example, you should know what your hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) target is and set a goal to reach and maintain that number. You can also meet with a dietitian to learn more about healthy food choices and make an eating plan that works for you as well as helps keep your blood sugar levels within your target range, providing motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle.1,4


  1. NIDDK. 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life.
  2. American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care 2020.​
  3. Joslin Diabetes Center. All About A1C. 2017.
  4. CDC. How will DSMES help me?