Diabetes is a serious health condition and a major issue in our community. When people first find out that they have diabetes, it's sometimes really scary, or sad, or even hard to believe. After all, you probably don't feel sick, or any different than you felt before. And yet it is very important to take this disease seriously.

Some people worry that it means their life is over, or that they won't be able to do everything they used to do. Neither of those things is true, but you may need to change some things about your daily routine.

Diabetes Tips:

>> Follow your diabetes food plan. Make one if you haven't already.

>> Take your medicine as prescribed.

>> Eat five or more servings of fruits and non-starchy vegetables a day.

>> Avoid foods high in saturated fats, sugar or sodium.

>> Move! Be physically active for 30 minutes or more at least 5 days a week.

>> Join a diabetes support group or class (See "Education & Support" tab)

Talk to your doctor about how to create a plan that works best for you!

*Adapted from American Diabetes Association. For diabetes information, resources, and support call ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)