Live Better With Diabetes (Slideshow)

Use these six facts to manage and improve your life


From lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to breakthrough surgery for the most difficult cases, there are ways to manage and improve your life. Start with these six facts.


  • Proper nutrition makes a difference

    Eating right can often make as big a difference as medications. And you’ll feel the changes quickly. When possible, choose unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits and lean meats.

    Learn more about nutrition
  • Give peas a chance

    Starchy veggies like peas and can actually be beneficial for people with diabetes. Try to fill half your plate with veggies. It will help you lose weight and control your blood sugar.

    Get a registered dietitian's advice
  • Exercise keeps levels in check

    Exercise helps you lose weight and keeps blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides at optimal levels. Even moderate exercise of 30 minutes per day, five days a week can help. Try walking, swimming, bicycling and flexibility exercises.

    Get more strategies to prevent diabetes
  • For kids, education matters

    Communicate with teachers, coaches, camp counselors and anyone who supervises your child. Make sure supervisors understand the do’s and don’ts of diabetes, such as what foods to avoid. If your child uses an insulin pump, insulin pens or multi-dose injections, pass along instructions.

    Find out more about childhood diabetes
  • You don’t have to ditch all bread

    You can still eat bread and other carbohydrates if you have diabetes, but you have to be smart about it. Stick to smaller, healthy portions and choose whole grains when possible. Spread any carbs throughout the day — don’t overload at once.

    Bust more diabetes and diet myths
  • In tough cases, gastric bypass works wonders

    A Cleveland Clinic study found that gastric bypass surgery can trigger the pancreas to make insulin again, putting diabetes into remission. This follows the groundbreaking STAMPEDE study, which showed that gastric bypass helped patients drop weight and reduce their need for medications.

    Read more about the new study

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