When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it is often overwhelming. There is so much you need to know and do. Often, the pills or insulin the doctor prescribes are the easiest part of the “self-management” regimen.
AADE: The American Association of Diabetes Educators has condensed all the things someone with diabetes needs to do into seven categories. The categories are behavior-based. This means it is not sufficient that you understand the information, you have to be able to translate the information into positive self-care behaviors that can help control your diabetes.
The seven self-care behaviors are healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.