Patient Resources

Taking good care of yourself can seem daunting when you have diabetes - whether you've just learned you have the disease or you've had it for a long time.

There's a lot to consider, from eating healthy meals to exercising, monitoring your blood glucose and taking your medications. But the right tools and support can make diabetes self-care very manageable in your everyday life. The following patient materials are designed to give you tools and encouragement.

Healthy Eating Handouts

Holiday Season Eating For People With Diabetes

In recognition of National Diabetes Education Week 2012, we have developed suggestions for helping people with diabetes stay on track with their eating plan during the holiday season. s.

When you discuss holiday meal planning with your patients this month, give them this guide as a take home material.

Summer Fun and Food: Tips for People with Diabetes

Summer picnics and barbeques can pose challenges for people with diabetes. Here are some tips for getting through the season. It also includes three healthy recipes for you to make or bring to your next gathering.

When you discuss summer meal planning with your patients this month, give them this guide as a take home material.

A Diabetes-Friendly Eating Plan For the Big Game

These tips will help you make a Game Plan for Healthy Eating during the Big Game on February 5th.

As an added bonus, we've included some healthy recipes for chili, dip, and chicken tenders.

Download the Game Day Game Plan now.

Also, don't forget to post it on Facebook and Tweet about it to get the word out!

A Diabetes-Friendly Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving Plate

In honor of National Diabetes Education Week 2011, we developed a simple visual guide for balancing a healthy plate on Thanksgiving.

When you discuss holiday meal planning with your patients this month, give them this guide as a take home material.

It includes an easy-to-grasp visual for loading your plate using traditional Thanksgiving foods, a list of tips and strategies for a healthy holiday, some diabetes-friendly recipes, and a healthy eating contract for the patient.

Brochures and Handouts

AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors Handouts

These handouts provide some basic information about the seven different areas to focus on when you are trying to manage your diabetes. Each one includes some facts, tips, advice and activities that will get you started on your self-care and reinforce some of the lessons you learn in your diabetes education sessions.

Be Good to Your Heart: Tips for Everyday Diabetes Self-Care Brochure

This brochure will give you information on the link between diabetes and hypertension and provides advice on how to lower your blood pressure.

Online Resources

This website provides a general overview of diabetes, potential complications, and the steps that you can start taking now to take charge of your diabetes. It offers tips for getting started and helps you find a diabetes educator in your area. It also has downloadable worksheets and a quiz to test your knowledge.

The creation of this website was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC.

Additional Healthcare Resources:

NDEP Resources for Helping Hispanic/Latino Patients Achieve Behavior Change

Using the AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors as a framework, the National Diabetes Education Program has developed a set of patient education materials to help Hispanic/Latino patients make progress with achieving their behavior change goals.  

One Needle. One Syringe. Only One Time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a public health campaign on the importance of safe needle injection practices. Resources for both healthcare professionals and patients.

Speak Up Brochure Diabetes: Five Ways to be Active in Your Care at the Hospital

Living with diabetes can make you good at managing the ups and downs of the disease. You can handle sick days, a trip to the store or a trip across the country. Going to the hospital, however, presents new challenges. Do not let your diabetes care take a back seat while you are in the hospital. You should always be an active participant in your care. Brochure developed with partnership with The Joint Commission, American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  

AADE/NDEP Patient Education Brochures

AADE and the National Diabetes Education Program, a division of the National Institutes of Health, have teamed up to make a variety of patient education materials available for diabetes educators and people with diabetes to download.

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