If you have diabetes it is important to control your blood sugars, watch what you eat, stay active and take all your medicines. If you control your blood sugars, you can keep diabetes from damaging your eyes, kidneys and nerves. It is also important for you and your doctor to take care of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Taking good care of yourself will also require seeing your doctor and diabetes team regularly.
How to Take Care of Your Diabetes ("Thermometer") - describes A1c and blood sugar goals, and other important things to do
How to Treat a Low Blood Sugar - instructions on how to treat a low blood sugar (70 or less)
UNC Internal Medicine ADA Diabetes Class Brochure - describes the group class offered in our clinic
Diabetes Visit Summary - record goals and medication changes from a visit with space to record new blood sugar readings
Plate Method (in English) - a guide to food portion sizes
Plate Method (in Spanish) - una guía para el tamaño de las porciones de alimentos
Tips for Heart Healthy Eating - tips for healthy eating choices from each food group
Family Planning and Diabetes - important information about contraception for women 55 years old and younger
Blood Sugar Log Sheets
You can use these log sheets to write down your blood sugars and bring to your next visit.
- If you take pills or only Lantus insulin use, Blood Sugar Log (Fasting)
- If you take 70/30 insulin use, Blood Sugar Log (Alternating Checks)
- If you take Lantus plus meal-time insulin and want to know if how your lunch-time and supper-time sugars are doing, use Blood Sugar Log (Lunch & Supper). This is 3 times a day testing.
- If you take Lantus plus meal-time insulin and want to know how your supper-time sugars are doing, use Blood Sugar Log (Pre and post-meal). This is 2 times a day testing.
- If you want to test your blood sugar before or after any meal, overnight and write down how much meal-time insulin you are taking, use Blood Sugar Log (all checks)