Learning that you have diabetes isn’t easy. But the faster you understand your condition and start managing your symptoms, the better. Here are four steps to get you started on the right track.

1. Manage your diet.

Learning to manage what you eat is the most important part of controlling your diabetes. Unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful, and with good reason. You’re likely transitioning from putting little thought into everything you eat, beyond whether you’re hungry for it, to thinking through every bite and what it means for your body. The good news is, you’re not on your own. M Power offers resources, education and classes to those living with diabetes and their loved ones to help you manage your condition and maintain the lifestyle you enjoy.

2. Monitor your blood sugar.

Monitoring your glucose levels is a critical tool in treating your disease. Through the results, you’ll begin to understand how your food choices and activity levels affect your condition, and monitor the effectiveness of your medications. Your healthcare provider will advise you on how often you should check your blood sugar levels. Be sure to record the results each time, to better track results.

3. Cope with symptoms.

Just learning about your disease can be overwhelming and stressful, which is why it’s important to cope with both the physical and emotional symptoms that come with your diagnosis. You don’t have to do that alone. Find resources and education for both you and loved ones to better understand diabetes.

4. Communicate with your healthcare team.

Your treatment will only be as effective as the information your share with your medical provider. That makes it critical to communicate your symptoms, side effects and concerns at your appointments. Be sure to bring your blood sugar test results with you, and it may help to have a list of questions to ask your provider.

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