Seven Self-Care Behaviors

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2013-06-11 23:41:45 -0500
Started 2008-07-10 11:51:24 -0500

Hi All,

I was wondering if you are familiar with the so-called "Seven Self-Care Behaviors" recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators:

They might sound kind of obvious, but if you can work on integrating some (or more) of these into your life, you're definitely doing yourself a favor.

You can find a little more detail on each behavior at this link:

Reactions? Feedback? Helpful…?

18 replies

Charish 2008-07-14 11:02:36 -0500 Report

Hi Amy,

Thanks for that and in saying that not all methods nor products is for everyone. I feel that some fail to see that and have to realize that it's all based on the individual and what's best for me may not be best for someone else. You have to know you and what works for you and it always different from person to person.

But thanks for sharing and thank you for making this site possible, I'm happy that I didn't ignore my E-mail and joined the community.

Take care … Hugs and Kisses


John 2008-07-13 00:19:43 -0500 Report

I'm sorry, but this stuff is total fluff. While the seven behaviors are important for organizing your total regimen, there's very little substance here.

I suppose a new type 2 might find it useful, but this long term type 1 has moved way beyond this stage. Use it a a guideline, but fill in the details yourself.

butterfly_8 2008-07-13 06:36:43 -0500 Report

As gabby said previously nothing can be everything for everyone. I find that a very good piece of advice is to learn to be patient. Gather as much information as you can. Use what you can,and if there is something you disagree with just put it aside. I doubt if anyone is happy or over joyed being diabetic. I for one am pleased to get all the info I can.

Anonymous 2008-07-13 14:39:39 -0500 Report

we are all here for diabetes,whether its type1,type2,or any other type.We all have this disease,some worse than others,but here to support each other regardless

GabbyPA 2008-07-14 10:31:00 -0500 Report

I have not seen so much resentment on here before, especially over something so non-controversial. Anything to help is greatly appreciated. I gleen what I can use, store the rest somewhere in the back of my mind. Different situations will bring to mind different things I read and share here. Circumstances will change my outlooks, and guide me down different roads. I love what everyone shares here because we have the freedom to do so. A good reminder of basics is always helpful on our daily path because we often loose sight or complicate things too much. The support is what I love here.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-07-14 10:53:33 -0500 Report

Hey Guys,

As I mentioned, these "7 behaviors" are very top level. No one is suggesting that it's all that easy.

And for those who say "this beast is destroying my life", I have another resource to suggest:

This is from JDRF -- a group of 100+ cyber volunteers from all walks of diabetes life who answer all sorts of questions within 48 hours.

I'm just hoping that flagging this stuff is helpful to some. There's no one right answer for everybody.


Carol11 2008-07-12 06:15:26 -0500 Report

I just had a look at these 7 things. I'm doing the first six, more or less comptently, but #7 is hopeless. I cannot cope with this beast at all. It has totally destroyed my life. And I had a piece of my birthday cake yesterday and I was only 5.6 this morning. And if they want people to sign up for that worksheet they should provide a way for non-Americans to fill in where the "state' space is. I couldn't get it to submit at all. Carol

GabbyPA 2008-07-12 10:51:20 -0500 Report

You can just print the worksheet and fill it out on paper or take notes from it or ideas so you can share them with your doctor. Nothing is perfect and nothing can be everything to everyone, but if you have the right spirit, and look for ways to adjust, you can use anything.

liz2857 2008-07-12 16:14:11 -0500 Report

Go to the home page all the way to the bottom and click on "About Us" and you can e-mail them about any questions or concerns you have.

Anonymous 2008-07-13 14:43:12 -0500 Report

Try keep your spirits up,I'm sure Canada hsa things we "Americans" don't have.Try not to be so negative,Negativity will surely hurt you more than help you.

GabbyPA 2008-07-11 13:07:00 -0500 Report

There is also a great worksheet on the site to give you goals to talk to your doctor with. I guess I am a worksheet freak. I find all kinds of things out when I fill them in. Thanks for the info Amy

liz2857 2008-07-10 16:31:14 -0500 Report

now I'm confused,I thought diabetics were not supposed to eat rice or pasta.Is it just in small amounts we can have it?

LeighG 2008-07-10 16:58:35 -0500 Report

i eat rice and pasta all the time 1 cup i have and it is whole grains.and my numbers are good when i eat it.

liz2857 2008-07-10 17:02:19 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh, I'll try the whole grain rice and pasta,I've been wanting pasta but have been putting it on hold,Thanks ;-)

LeighG 2008-07-10 17:04:24 -0500 Report

your welcome i love it i think it taste so much better then the white pasta.i love to add veggies to it or other fun things to make it favlored.hugss.

butterfly_8 2008-07-10 13:50:11 -0500 Report

Thanks Amy,
I have copied those Seven Self_Care Behaviors so as to keep them at hand. It very good tools to have as a reminder to us all.

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