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    Type 2 Diabetes - Living With Type 2 Diabetes

    Test your blood sugar continued...

    A continuous glucose monitor, or CGM, reports on your blood sugar at least every 5 minutes, day and night. And it sounds an alarm if it sees that your levels are headed out of range.

    Having a record of your blood sugar over time can help you and your doctor know how well your treatment is working and whether you need to make any changes.

    Home Blood Sugar Diary (What is a PDF document?)
    High Blood Sugar Record Level (What is a PDF document?)

    Take medicines, if you need them

    If you're taking type 2 diabetes medicine or insulin, you will need to know how to deal with low blood sugar and how to give yourself an insulin shot.

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    Check your feet and skin daily

    Check your feet and skin every day for signs of problems. Nerve damage makes it hard to feel an injury or infection.

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    Checklist for Daily Foot Exams
    Care of Your Skin When You Have Diabetes

    Living and coping

    Trying to manage your type 2 diabetes isn't easy. Some days you may feel like it's just too much work to do everything you need to do. There will be times when you just don't feel like testing and tracking your blood sugar.

    It's normal to feel sad or even angry sometimes when you have a health problem. Even though you've had a while to get used to the idea of having type 2 diabetes, you may still have trouble adjusting. You may find it hard to stay motivated.

    When you feel sad, give yourself time to adjust to your losses. If you feel overwhelmed, just try to focus on one day at a time. Do the best you can. You don't have to be perfect.

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    Get the support you need

    If you're having trouble coping with your feelings, try talking with a counselor. A professional may make it easier to say things you wouldn't talk about with friends or family.

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