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Manage Your Diabetes for Life Toolkit
Diabetes resource to help guide people with diabetes
People with diabetes are encouraged to receive diabetes education from an experienced care team at initial diagnosis and at critical points during the condition. Enrolling in an accredited or recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program is highly recommended.
The Manage Your Diabetes For Life Toolkit provides additional education and support to people with diabetes. The material is designed for anyone, health care providers, health educators, case managers, health coaches, community health workers, interpreters, patient advocates, caretakers, and family members, to guide someone with diabetes through the material.
The toolkit information is also useful to help people with pre-existing diabetes manage their diabetes and enjoy life.
About the Toolkit
These materials are evidence-based and consistent with diabetes guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Content was also derived from the National Diabetes Education Program and the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. All materials were thoroughly tested by people with diabetes, diabetes educators and other health professionals.
The toolkit includes instructional sheets on self-care topics, a patient action plan for setting goals and a one-page self-care checklist.
- A1C, blood sugar and insulin
- Heart health and diabetes, like blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke
- Eating and exercise
- Diabetes and mental health
- Regular visits to the doctor and dentist, including checking your feet and eyes.
10 Simple Steps
The 10 simple steps document is intended to be an initial education material to introduce health and lifestyle behaviors that influence diabetes outcomes. This document can be found in the Manage Your Diabetes for Life Toolkit. You can download the individual documents in different languages below.