Being diagnosed with Diabetes can seem more than a little overwhelming. We want you to know that we are here and we care about helping you to understand what this diagnosis is all about, and what you can do in your specific situation. Please know that while it can seem scary, managing your Diabetes is attainable and that learning to do so can help you or those you care about live your best life.

In your goal to reduce the risk of long-term complications,

small steps can make a BIG difference!

Start here with this helpful, printable document:
4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes For Life! (pdf)
Please read & fill out these pages to help you assess what small changes you can make to help you manage your Diabetes better. Bring it with you to your next appointment so that you and your doctor can have a conversation about your best plan!

Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Learn more about the different types of Diabetes on the American Diabetes Association Website: ADA Diabetes Basics

Type 1 Diabetes

From the ADA Website, “Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.”

Type 1 Educational Resources:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

UpToDate.com (UTD)

  • UTD Type 1 Diabetes Overview (Free “Beyond the Basics” Article)
    (There is also more in-depth information available on this site with a paid subscription)

Type 2 Diabetes

From the ADA Website, “Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.”

Type 2 Educational Resources: 

American College of Physicians (ACP)

UpToDate.com (UTD)

  • UTD Type 2 Diabetes Overview (Free “Beyond the Basics” Article)
    (There is also more in-depth information available on this site with a paid subscription)

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Other Helpful Diabetes Links:

Diabetes and Nutrition

When you have Diabetes, the food you eat can affect your health in a big way! Speak with your Doctor about making an appointment to talk with our consultant Dietitian, Emily Laurin of Eat Live Nutrition. She can give you guidance on making a nutrition plan that is right for you.

Other helpful nutrition links:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Diabetes and Physical Activity

With Diabetes, movement is a great way to help your body respond to any kind of care plan! Walking for 30-45 minutes most days of the week may seem too simple to change things for the better, but it can have a dramatic, positive effect on your health! It’s a great way to start incorporating activity and build from there as your doctor advises. As always, please check with your doctor before incorporating any new kind of physical activity into your daily routine.

Other helpful activity links: