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Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women (none if you are pregnant). Discuss with your doctor whether you should drink alcohol.

Ask if a daily aspirin is right for you

Talk to your doctor about whether you should take low-dose aspirin. Daily low-dose aspirin (81 milligrams) may help prevent heart problems if you are at risk for heart attack or stroke. People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely than people who don't have diabetes to die from heart and blood vessel diseases.5

Deal with your feelings

A chronic illness creates major change in your life. You may need to grieve the loss of your earlier life from time to time. Also, you may feel resentful, deprived, or angry about having to pay attention to what and how much you eat. For more information, see:

Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet.

Protect your feet

Daily foot care can prevent serious problems. Foot problems caused by diabetes are the most common cause of amputations. For more information, see:

Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet.

Learn more about diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease and there is a lot to learn, such as:

  • How to better care for your skin and your teeth and gums. For example, using a humidifier in your house or wearing gloves when gardening can keep your skin from becoming dry and cracking. Daily flossing and brushing can reduce the risk of gum disease.
  • Precautions to take when you are sick. You need to drink more fluids than usual to prevent dehydration and test your urine for ketones when you are sick.
  • How to prevent problems while traveling. You may want to take extra insulin with you and have plenty of snacks on hand in case you are in an area where you cannot get food.
  • Where to find a support group for people with diabetes. Camps are also available for teens who have diabetes.
  • How to stop smoking, or how to prevent your teen with diabetes from starting.
  • What immunizations you need. For more information, see the topic Immunizations.
  • How to deal with a rebellious teen who has diabetes. Ideas for helping your teen include letting him or her use an insulin pen or pump and letting your teen meet alone with his or her diabetes educator. This may help your teen feel more in control of his or her diabetes care.
  • When it's a safe time to try to get pregnant. For more information, see:
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Last Updated: November 05, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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