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Diabetes Information

Diabetes is a disease that makes a person’s blood sugar behigher than normal. People with diabetes need to take very good care of their health. After a while, diabetes can cause problems with the eyes, kidneys, heart and other parts of the body. Living with diabetes is not easy. But it doesn’t mean diabetes cannotbe controlled. These tips will help people with diabetes live a healthy and happy life.

Start with a healthy diet

  • Grains, beans and starchy vegetables 6 or more servings a day.
  • Fruits, 3-4 servings a day.
  • Vegetables, 3-5 servings a day.
  • Milk: Low fat or fat free dairy products, 2-3 servings a day.
  • Meats: Fish, poultry or lean meats, 2-3 servings a day.
  • Fats, sweets and alcohol: should be limited because they are high in calories.
  • Watch your portion sizes.
  • Keep track of how much you weigh.

People with diabetes need to monitor blood sugar levels by:

  • Keeping track of blood sugar level.
  • Checking blood sugar levels as advised by their provider.

 

Medicaid pays for glucose meters. If you have diabetesand don’t have a meter to check your blood sugar, ask your provider to write an order for a glucose meter for you.

Be careful,  people with diabetes need to:

  • Check their feet every day for cuts or sores
  • Treat scratches and cuts right away
  • Make a plan to quit smoking if they smoke
  • Have an eye exam every year
  • Keep active and eat right to help control diabetes

If you are worried about diabetes, talk to your doctor. Ask what the best foods and  exercise are for you. If you need more information to help you control your diabetes or some recipe ideas, please call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toll-free at 1-877-232-3422 or go to their website at www.cdc.gov./diabetes.

You can also visit www.diabetes.org for additional information.