One of our recently posted news articles (http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...) listed the 7 Principles that Diabetes Educators are committed to teaching. I think they are fantastic and thought summarizing them here on the discussion board would help more people find them.
Principle 1: Learn as much as you can about diabetes.
Principle 2: Get regular health care, meaning regular check ups.
Principle 3: Learn how to manage your diabetes.
Principle 4: Know the ABCs—A1c, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol—these are the most important indicators of your risks for complications.
Principle 5: Monitor your own ABCs. Your doctor will help you set a target A1c. Blood pressure should be 130/80. LDL cholesterol should be under 100.
Principle 6: Have a self-care management plan that addresses medications, a meal plan, regular active exercise, and minimizing physical, emotional, and mental stress.
Principle 7: Get on an ongoing schedule of examinations and lab tests.
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