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Diabetes Self Management Patient Education Materials

Table of Contents

Click on any of the links below to access helpful materials on managing all aspects of diabetes that can be printed and given to your patients .

Introductory Information

  1. Diabetes Mellitus Type 1Symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment (e.g., insulin)
  2. Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment (e.g., medications)
  3. Women and Diabetes: Eating and weight, pregnancy, and heart disease
  4. Men and Diabetes: Sexual Issues and employment concerns
  5. Diabetes and Your Lifestyle: Exercise, traveling, employment, sexual issues, and special considerations for the elderly

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

Blood Glucose

          6.  Pass This TestTesting blood glucose levels

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

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

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


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

                      C.  TOOL: Foot Care LogPatient log to record self-inspections and any problem areas

                      D.  TOOL: Injection SitesPatient log to help rotate injection sites


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

                      F.  TOOL: Physical Activity LogPatient log to record physical activity

          9.  Exercise in Disguise: Finding ways to exercise at home and outside of the gym

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

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


Diet/Weight Loss

          12.  Managing Type 2 Diabetes through DietSuggestions for balancing your diet

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

          14.  The Skinny on Visceral FatDangers of visceral fat and exercise tips to reduce visceral fat

Meal Planning

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

                      H.  TOOLMeal Planning Guides: Plate diagrams demonstrating appropriate portions

                       I.   TOOL: Food LogPatient log to record food and drink

          15.  No More Carb ConfusionUnderstanding carbs and their effect on blood sugar

Smoking and Alcohol

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

          17.  Stop SmokingWhat smoking does to your body, and tips on quitting

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

          18.  Diabetes and StressImmediate and long-term affects, and tips to manage stress 

Medical Care Topics / Relation to Other Illnesses

          19.  Infections and Diabetes: Explains increased chance for infections

          20.  Make the DASH to Lower Your Blood PressureNutrition tips to lower hypertension

Heart Smart

          21.  Diabetes and Your Heart"ABC" numbers and their link to heart disease

          22.  Heart Smart MedicationsTypes of medications to prevent heart problems

          23.  Young at HeartSuggestions to reverse heart disease and tips for heart health

Vascular Disease

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

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


          26.  Preserving Kidney FunctionPreserving Kidney function, especially when damage has already occurred

          27.  Keeping Kidneys Healthy: Tips for kidney health and some "kidney-protective" meds

          28.  Nine Ways to Avoid Diabetes ComplicationsOverview of tips to manage diabetes (healthy eating, activity, checking feet, etc.)

Other Topics

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


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