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Take Control

Part of living and thriving with diabetes means being a self-manager. Take action to become a self-manager.

  1. Define your vision
  2. Set goals
  3. Build action plans
  4. Solve problems

Part of living and thriving with diabetes means being a self-manager. A self-manager takes control of their health.

Being a self-manager means you:

  • know about your health problems
  • make informed choices about your health
  • track and manage your symptoms
  • find answers and solve problems about your health

Being a self-manager will help you live longer, feel better and have less or no health problems.

Become a Self-Manager

Be a self-manager to manage your diabetes.

  • Learn about diabetes.
  • Track and manage your blood sugar.
  • Track and manage your blood pressure.
  • Track and manage your cholesterol.
  • Talk to your healthcare team to get answers to your questions.

Sometimes being a self-manager means making changes. These changes will affect many areas of your life.

Changes can include:

  • eating habits
  • exercise habits
  • sleep habits
  • how you deal with stress and emotions
  • taking your medicine as prescribed

These changes can impact your family, work and social life.

How to Make Changes

It takes time to become a self-manager and make changes. Follow the 3 steps below to help you make changes.

  1. Define your vision. Find tips to help you define your vision »
  2. Set goals. Find out how to set manageable goals »
  3. Build action plans. Find out what an action plan is and how to build one »

Get Support in Becoming a Self-Manager

It is not always easy to become a self-manager and make changes in your life. You are not alone. Many people will help you become a self-manager. They can support you with your changes.

Talk to the people below for help:

  • family doctor
  • diabetes doctor (endocrinologist)
  • pharmacist
  • diabetes education team (such as a nurse and a dietitian)
  • exercise specialist
  • social worker or psychologist
  • family and friends
  • other people living with diabetes
Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016