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    Learning About Your Health

    Diabetes: Reducing Risks

    How to Stay Healthy After You Leave the Hospital

    This is your formula for successful diabetes management.

    • Monitoring: Regularly checking your blood glucose tells you how food, exercise, medication or illness affects your diabetes. Knowing this helps you better control your blood glucose levels.

    • Taking Medication Safely: Carefully follow your doctor’s and pharmacist’s instructions.

    • Healthy Eating: Eating the right foods at the right times helps you keep your blood glucose in a safe range. Follow the meal plan provided by your dietitian.

    • Being Active: Speak to your health care provider before you start an exercise program. Learn about the benefits of regular exercise. Ask for guidance from your health care provider on what type of exercise program might be best for you.

    • Healthy Coping: Accepting the diagnosis of diabetes can be difficult. Speak to family members or close friends, or try joining a support group. Set aside time to enjoy stress-relieving activities such as listening to music, walking with friends, or reading a good book. Stress, lack of sleep and depression may impact your blood glucose levels and how you take care of yourself. Get help if you need it!

    Learning More About Your Diabetes: Knowledge about your diabetes can give you a sense of control in your daily life. Speak to your health care provider about taking educational classes.

    Produced by the staff and physicians at California Pacific Medical Center in association with the Center for Patient and Community Education. Last updated: 12/11

    Funded by: A generous donation from the Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Ciocca Foundation.

    Note: This information is not meant to replace any information or personal medical advice which you get directly from your doctor(s). If you have any questions about this information, such as the risks or benefits of the treatment listed, please ask your doctor(s).