Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Resources for People Living with Diabetes

ADCES7 Self-Care BehaviorsTM

Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes care and education specialists have developed seven key areas to focus on. A diabetes care and education specialist can help you set priorities and coach you on each of these areas.

Healthy Coping

Diabetes can affect you physically and emotionally. It's natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions as normal and take steps to reduce the negative impact they can have on your self-care. 

Healthy Eating

Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat. But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.

Being Active

Being active is not just about losing weight. It has many health benefits like lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, lowering stress and anxiety, and improving your mood. Physical activity can also help manage your blood sugar levels.


Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best.

Taking Medication

There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes. Insulin, pills that lower your blood sugar, aspirin, blood pressure medication, cholesterol-lowering medication, or a number of others may work together to lower your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of complications and help you feel better.

Problem Solving

Everyone encounters problems with their diabetes management; you can't plan for every situation you may face. However, there are some problem-solving skills that can help you prepare for the unexpected -- and make a plan for dealing with similar problems in the future. 

Reducing Risks

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes-related complications. 



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