New Years is a time to come up with resolutions to better your life for the future.  Why not use your resolution this year to set goals to better your diabetes management overall health?

Your diabetes management goals for the New Year should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-limited. 

Annual Goals

  • See your physician 2 to 4 times a year.
  • Follow your schedule for checking blood glucose levels.
  • Follow exact instructions for every diabetes medications you take.
  • Know and keep these numbers in check: A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol level
  • get a renal function test and microalbumin test each year.
  • Get moving.  Any form of physical activity is a step in the right direction. Here’s a great video on benefits of physical activity see youtube video called ‘23 ½ hours’ by Dr Mike Evans
  • Create a well-balanced meals plan with your diabetes educator.
  • Have a yearly eye exam.
  • See your dentist twice a year.
  • Get a flu shot in the fall.
  • Always be prepared for a low or high blood glucose reaction - know the warning signs.

Daily Goals

  • Check blood glucose X times a day (depending on what your physician suggests).
  • Take all diabetes-related medications.
  • Examine your feet daily and follow recommended guidelines by CDA or Diabetes Educator.
  • Bathe with mild soap and lukewarm water.
  • Brush and floss your teeth.