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Quality Health Care and You - Diabetes

Start With Small Steps

It's not easy to stay motivated to do the daily self-care that diabetes demands. But, self-management is your responsibility and an important part of your successful care. Spending just a few minutes each day doing the right things for yourself can make a lifelong difference in your health. TIP: Start with small steps, and as these become easier and part of a daily routine, add more. You don't have to change everything at once. And remember to reach out to family and friends if you need extra support.



A Checklist for You (.pdf version)

Here are self-care steps recommended by the ADA*. These are some of the things you should do for yourself that will help you achieve success with diabetes, especially when done along with the Checklist For Your Doctor Visit. Make a promise to yourself to do the following.

I WILL.....



Make healthy food choices daily


Check my blood sugar regularly


Take my medicine as prescribes by my doctor


Record my test results to help me track my progress


Check my feet every day


Ask my doctor for a meal and exercise plan


Follow my meal and exercise plan


Consider attending a diabetes self-management education program


Quit smoking

*American Diabetes Association

Developed by the Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality initiative of the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, and adapted for use on NetWellness with permission, 2008.

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Last Reviewed: Jun 05, 2008

Eric J Warm, MD Eric J Warm, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati