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Diabetes, Type 2: Daily Life

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - Diabetes management skills to learn in order to care for yourself. Also lists eight tests you should receive at least once per year.

Annotation:Weight-control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health - Tips for healthy weight loss. For easier printing available as a PDF <http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/WeightLossforLife_04.pdf>.

Annotation:National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health - Provides examples of appropriate physical activities with an emphasis on safety. Also available for printing as a PDF and en Español.

Annotation:National Diabetes Education Program - Suggests five easy ways for older adults to increase their activity levels.

Annotation:MedlinePlus and Patient Education Institute - Comprehensive information on meal planning in a slide-show format with some explanatory animation and audio.

Annotation:National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health - A thorough overview of what, when, and how much to eat. Available for printing as a PDF and a large print PDF. Also available in Spanish.

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Consumer tips for reading food labels. Available as a PDF and en Español.

Annotation:Weight-control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health - A brochure detailing guidelines for how much and how often you should eat. Also available for printing as a PDF.

Annotation:American Diabetes Association - A helpful guide to eating out with menu suggestions. A related article from the magazine Diabetes Forecast May 2012 provides visual views of portion sizes: Perfecting Portion Control.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Encouraging tips for maintaining healthy eating habits.

Annotation:American Dietetic Association - Exchange lists are one of several approaches for diabetes meal planning. Foods are categorized into three groups based on their nutritional content. Lists provide the serving sizes for carbohydrates, meat and meat substitutes, and fats. These lists allow for substitution for different groups to keep the nutritional content fixed.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - A simple guide to monitoring your blood sugar.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - An easy to understand explanation of how your daily choices affect your blood sugar.

Annotation:Aetna InteliHealth - Descriptions of other problems that can raise blood sugar levels, sometimes, an increase in blood sugar can be a clue that you are developing another illness.

Annotation:Canadian Diabetes Association - Advice for reducing pain and bruising from fingertip testing.

Annotation:UpToDate - Provides an in-depth description of hypoglycemia with prevention tips and treatment options.

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - Guidance on ketone testing.

Annotation:Cleveland Clinic - A guide to the possible complications of diabetes and their prevention.

Annotation:National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health - A clear, complete overview of these common health complications of diabetes.

Annotation:National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health - Seven booklets with authoritative, practical information for managing diabetes and preventing complications. Each available for printing as PDF, Large Print PDF and en Español or can be ordered National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (Phone: 1–800–860–8747): Keep Your Diabetes Under Control; Keep Your Eyes Healthy; Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy; Keep Your Heart and Blood Vessels Healthy; Keep Your Kidneys Healthy; Keep Your Nervous System Healthy; Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy.

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - Recommendations on how to buy comfortable shoes.

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - Provides suggestions for avoiding heat complications.

Annotation:American Diabetes Association - A series of tips and fact sheets on how to travel safely, including successfully negotiating airport security systems.

Annotation:American Diabetes Association - Information on driving if you have diabetes, includes the association new Position Statement, tips for driving safely, and driver license laws by state.

Annotation:Canadian Diabetes Association - Practical suggestion on how to prepare for a hospital stay.

Annotation:Department of Health and Senior Services, State of New Jersey - Practical suggestions for emergency preparedness.

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - A short article about reactions to a diabetes diagnosis with links to more information about the disease.

Annotation:American Diabetes Association - Discussions of three common reactions to diabetes diagnosis: Denial, Anger, and Depression.

Annotation:Joslin Diabetes Center - Tips for long-term diabetes self-care.

Annotation:Diabetes Prevention Program and University of Pittsburgh - You can use for your self-care these handouts, with exercises, which are part of the formal Diabetes Prevention Program course. Note in particular Talk Back to Negative Thoughts (PDF) and Make Social Cues Work for You (PDF).

Annotation:National Diabetes Education Program - A sheet with quick tips and resources list for family and friends.

Annotation:Melissa Gotthardt and AARP - This article from AARP Magazine May/ June 2007 provides easy tips for spouses and significant others on living with a partner with diabetes.

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