Diabetes Health Center

If you have diabetes, remember that the condition is manageable, and it may be easier to stick to your medications and lifestyle plan if you have the help of others.

It is recommended that diabetes patients get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day when time permits — even activities such as brisk walking can help your heart health. Diabetes patients are also encouraged to eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains and low-fat dairy products such as skim milk or cheese. Fish and lean meat should be kept at about 3 ounces (or the size of a deck of cards). Diabets patients should eat foods that have less fat and sodium (salt), as well as foods with more fiber, such as whole grain cereals and whole grain breads.

Diabetes patients should maintain a healthy weight, stop smoking and learn to cope with stress, as stress can raise blood sugar levels. Stress can be difficult to eliminate fully, so you may wish to ask your doctor what you can do to more actively manage stress.

If your doctor has prescribed medication to control your diabetes, take that medication even when you are feeling good. Ask your doctor if you need aspirin to reduce the risk for heart attack or stroke. Get into the habit of receiving routine and regular care.

Review Date: 
August 13, 2012
Last Updated:
September 12, 2014