What to Expect: Diabetes Guide
A Guide for coping with Type 2 Diabetes
What exactly is Type 2 Diabetes?
A Diabetic Diet
A healthy diet is a way of eating that that reduces risk for complications such as heart disease and stroke. Healthy eating includes eating a wide variety of foods including vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, poultry, and fish. It is important to include a variety of food in your diet and watch your portion sizes. Your meals should consist of vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Avoid processed foods.
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Diabetes and Exercise
Who can help you?
- Nurse Educator: A nurse educator or diabetes nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with special experience training and background in caring for and teaching people with diabetes. This health care professional will help you better understand your diabetes.
- Dietitian: Your dietitian helps you figure out your food needs based on your desired weight, lifestyle, medication, and other health goals. A dietitian can also help you read labels, balance foods and medicine, and how to make food substitutions.
- Eye Doctor: Since diabetes can affect blood vessels in the eye, it is good to have an eye doctor to visit every once in a while. It's recommended for diabetics to see their eye doctor at least once a year. These checkups are the best way to detect diabetic eye disease. Your eye doctor will check for any changes in your eyes.