Part of living and thriving with diabetes means being a self-manager. Take action to become a self-manager.
- Define your vision
- Set goals
- Build action plans
- 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.
- Define your vision.
Find tips to help you define your vision »
- Set goals.
Find out how to set manageable goals »
- 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)
- diabetes education team (such as a nurse and a dietitian)
- exercise specialist
- social worker or psychologist
- family and friends
- other people living with diabetes