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Diabetes Self Management Patient Education Material

Table of Contents

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1. Introductory Information

          1a.  Diabetes MellitusType 1
                      Symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment (e.g., insulin)

          1b.  Diabetes Mellitus Type 2  
                      Symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment (e.g., medications)

          1c.  Women and Diabetes:
                      Eating and weight, pregnancy, and heart disease

          1d.  Men and Diabetes:
                      Sexual Issues and employment concerns

          1e.Diabetes and Your Lifestyle:
                      Exercise, traveling, employment, sexual issues, and special
                      considerations for the elderly

2. General Self-Care (e.g., Blood Glucose, Foot Care)

     Blood Glucose

          2a.  Pass This Test:
                      Testing blood glucose levels

          2b.  Get off the Blood Glucose Rollercoaster:
                      High/low blood sugar symptoms and treatment

          2c.  TOOL: Blood Sugar Monitoring Log (Oral Meds):
                      Patient log to record levels

          2d.  TOOL: Blood Sugar Monitoring Log (Insulin Meds):
                      Patient log to monitor levels


          2e.  Foot Care for People with Diabetes:
                      Hygiene, inspection, and when to call your physician

          2f.  TOOL: Foot Care Log
                      Patient log to record self-inspections and any problem areas

      Other Topics

          2g.  TOOL: Injection Sites
                      Pateint log to help rotate injection sites

3. Exercise

          3a.  TOOL: Planning Your Exercise:
                      Guide to help patients design an exercise program

          3b.  TOOL: Physical Activity Log:
                      Patient log to record physical activity

          3c.  Exercise in Disguise
                      Finding ways to exercise at home and outside of the gym

          3d.  Exercising Like Your Life Depends on It:
                      Health benefits to exercising

          3e.  Hot Weather Exercise:
                      Taking extra care when exercising in hot weather

4. Nutrition/Health

     Diet/Weight Loss

          4a.  Managing Type 2 Diabetes through Diet:
                      Suggestions for balancing your diet

          4b.  Losing Weight When You Have Diabetes:
                      Weight loss benefits, suggestions to start, and a brief discussion of weight loss drugs

          4c.  The Skinny on Visceral Fat:
                      Dangers of visceral fat and exercise tips to reduce visceral fat

     Meal Planning

          4d.  TOOL: Shopping Guide and Nutrition Tips:
                      Shopping list and money-saving tips

          4e.  TOOLMeal Planning Guides
                      Plate diagrams demonstrating appropriate portions

          4f.   TOOL: Food Log:
                      Patient log to record food and drink

          4g.  No More Carb Confusion:
                      Understanding carbs and their effect on blood sugar

     Smoking and Alcohol

          4h.  Mixing Alcohol with Diabetes:
                      What drinking does to your body, and when it is ok

          4i.  Stop Smoking:
                      What smoking does to your body, and tips on quitting

          4j.  TOOL: Sick Day Guidelines
                      Tips, suggested foods, and patient log to record intake

Other Topics

          4k.  Diabetes and Stress:
                      Immediate and long-term affects, and tips to manage stress 

5. Medical Care Topics/Relation to Other Illnesses

          5a.  Infections and Diabetes:
                      Explains increased chance for infections

          5b.  Make the DASH to Lower Blood Pressure:
                      Nutrition tips to lower hypertension

      Heart Smart

          5c.  Diabetes and Your Heart:
                      "ABC" numbers and their link to heart disease

          5d.  Heart Smart Medications:
                      Types of medications to prevent heart problems

          5e.  Young at Heart:
                      Suggestions to reverse heart disease and tips for heart health

      Vascular Disease

          5f.  Microvascular Disease Due to Diabetes:
                      Discusses increased risk for eye and kidney problems

          5g. Macrovascular Disease Due to Diabetes:
                      Discusses increased risk for heart attack and stroke


          5h.  Preserving Kidney Function
                      Preserving Kidney function, especially when damage has already occurred

          5i.  KeepingKidneys Healthy:
                      Tips for kidney health and some "kidney-protective" meds

          5k.  Nine Ways to Avoid Diabetes Complications:
                      Overview of tips to manage diabetes (healthy eating, activity, checking feet, etc.)

      Other Topics

          5l.  Wake-up Call:
                      Symptoms of sleep apnea, and the effects of lost sleep