Important Tips
Always remember that diabetes is a manageable disease.
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Sick Days

Getting sick can raise or lower your blood sugar levels, making it more difficult to control your diabetes. It’s important to take special care of yourself on days when you feel sick.

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Healthy Coping

Learning you have diabetes changes your life forever. You may feel scared, shocked, angry or overwhelmed. You may not want to believe it. These are normal reactions. Learning how to manage your disease will ease your fear and anxiety. Many people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes become very motivated to improve their overall health and lifestyle, so they can enjoy life to its fullest. Learning coping skills and getting the support you need is very important.

Chronic stress can raise your blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and blood glucose


Stress is a natural part of life. Sometimes it can affect us in a good way—such as teaching us new skills or motivating and strengthening us. But other times, stress can harm our health, especially if it persists day after day.

Coping Skills to
Manage Stress

It is important to learn healthy ways to reduce and manage stress. Doing this can help improve your blood glucose levels and your overall health.

Signs of Diabetes Burnout

Anger or resentment about having to manage your diabetes

Feelings of being overwhelmed when thinking about the daily management routine

Neglecting diabetes care: forgetting medicine, not checking blood glucose, not paying attention to eating and exercise

No motivation or energy to manage your diabetes and take care of yourself

Denying, forgetting or ignoring your diabetes

If you feel you have diabetes burnout, speak to your healthcare provider.

Tips for Stress Management

Taking care of your diabetes is an ongoing, daily routine. This routine gets easier when it becomes a habit. On the other hand, sometimes you may get tired of doing what it takes to manage your diabetes.


Take a break: relax, take a walk, slow down, have some fun.


Take care of your body. Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and manage pain.


Get support through friends, family members or professional counseling.


Calm down and let go. Try deep-breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga.


Make priorities. Decide what is most important in your life and stay focused on that.


Take care of yourself. Do not put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own.


Set realistic goals. Try to change only those things that you can.


Nurture yourself spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Treat yourself like your own best friend.


Take time to do things you love.


Stay positive.

Special Care When You Have Diabetes

Healthy habits are very important to good health for everyone, with or without diabetes. Some habits, in particular, can affect your diabetes.


Smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and other problems. If you smoke, consider a smoking cessation program.


Urogenital Infections can cause blood glucose levels to be high and require medical attention. Symptoms of these infections include vulvovaginal itching and burning, urethral or penile discharge, frequent urination with urgency, pain and difficulty initiating stream, fever, bloody urine, and suprapubic and back pain.

These types of infections can cause blood glucose to be high and need medical attention.


Having Diabetes can impact sleep patterns due to waking up to urinate frequently, pain from nerve damage, or reactions to low blood glucose. It is important to try to get enough sleep.


Alcohol provides extra calories and stimulates appetite, which can make weight control more difficult. Avoid or limit alcohol intake.