Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Dear Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program Member,

2013-2014The end of the year is a great time to look back on all you achieved in 2013. Remember, with diabetes, everyone has good days and bad days.  Try not to dwell on the bad days and celebrate all you’ve done to take care of yourself this year.

As you think about your New Year’s resolutions, think about one small change you can make to improve your health. Small changes add up to make big differences.
People with diabetes should see their doctor(s) regularly.  As your flip calendar to 2014, remember to set reminders for your regular check-ups and exams.
  • A1C — twice a year.  At a minimum, you will want to check your A1C twice a year.  Some doctors have their patients check more often.  The A1C measures the average blood glucose level for the past three months and is a vital tool in keeping blood glucose at target levels. Your doctor will tell you what a healthy range is for you.
  • Blood pressure — every appointment. Because diabetes and high blood pressure are closely linked, be sure your blood pressure is checked at every doctor’s visit.
  • Foot exam — every appointment.  Your feet should be examined at every doctor’s appointment.  Diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels in your feet.  This can make foot injuries – even small cuts and blisters hard to feel and slow to heal. You should also check your feet at home everyday.
  • Eye exam — once a year. You should see an optometrist or ophthalmologist once a year for a dilated eye exam. This checkup looks for possible diabetes-related damage to the retina, which is at the back of the eye.
  • Annual physical exam — once a year.  Most people with diabetes will see their physicians more than once a year. Make sure one of those visits includes an annual physical exam.
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diabetes 24/7Are you looking for a way to keep track of all your diabetes-related numbers? Diabetes 24/7 is online personal health record that lets you manage your diabetes and share your health information with your health care team. 
Diabetes 24/7 gives users tools to help manage their diabetes and to track data such as:

  • Blood glucose
  • A1C
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Physical activity
  • Weight
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End-of-year Donations

Consider making an end-of-year donation to the American Diabetes Association! Your support will go to help fund research and programs to help people live better with diabetes.
Your donation will be tax-deductible. Go to

Foot Care Tips

Dr. ComfortWash your feet every day. Use warm water and a mild soap. Avoid soaking since it can dry out the skin and lead to cracks. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
Learn more about foot care.

More for Your Feet

21 things to know about diabetes and your feetLearn much more about caring for your feet from the American Diabetes Association’s book, 21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Feet. This book is available at


Be a Red Rider

Red RiderJoin other people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in an energizing bike ride and find the support of an entire community of people with diabetes and their loved ones. Become a Red Rider!

Red Riders are people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who ride in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Tour is a series of bike rides held throughout the country on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Learn more about becoming a Red Rider. Visit

Diabetes Talk

talk bubbles"I want to welcome you here and to be honest I just wanna give you big hugs.  I can so understand where you're at, having been in a place where I didn't (*couldn't*) care.  I had some issues in my life that sent me into severe depression, and even though I have two kids to love and care for...well even that wasn't enough to make me care about myself.  It just hurts, doesn't it?

Please, PLEASE do find another doctor, and have her/him work with you on both your diabetes care AND on your depression.  Once that dark veil lifts it'll be so much easier to care about and for yourself.  I feel like I lost 2-3 years of my children's lives because I was so checked-out of it, which sucks and I regret and try to make up for every single day.  So PLEASE don't delay in resolving this.

 You've made a great first step by coming here and joining our forum family.  And you're on the right track--act as if you have diabetes (because you do), TRUST yourself, and stick around here and get the support you want and need."
Read more and add your own comments.

In Your Own Words

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Get to Know Your Local American Diabetes Association!
The American Diabetes Association may have a local office in your community. Call 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) to get connected with an office near you and learn about the programs, activities and events you can get involved in!

Call 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) or visit In My Community.
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