Recommended routine care for health when you have diabetes
Diabetes Provider Vists
Schedule and keep your follow-up appointment with your health care team.
After being discharged from the hospital, we recommend an appointment to assess your diabetes within one month, sooner if necessary.
Eyes-regular eye exams
Know the signs of low blood sugar. You may feel nervous, sweaty, shaky, weak and have blurred vision.
What your doctor will do
How to get the most from your doctor visit
Possible topics for discussion with your doctor
Lifestyle choices such as food preferences and exercise habits affect blood sugar control and, over time, the potential for the long-term complications of diabetes. Changing lifelong ways is very hard! The good news is small changes in everyday living can lead to big improvement in diabetes management.
One strategy to consider that many people have found helpful is setting SMART goals. Using the SMART goal framework helps people focus on specific small achievable changes.
The SMART acronym stands for:
As an example, many people would like to exercise more. If a person has not exercised routinely for a while, walking is a good start. An example of setting SMART goals for daily walking may be:
People who report the best success using SMART goals is to write your goals down and share with family or friends. Remember start small and celebrate your wins!
These guidelines are intended for managing a short-term (48 hours or less) sickness:
The YMCA of Seattle offers a Diabetes Prevention Program - contact your local YMCA for more information about the program.