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Knowledge is Power: Learn How to Live Well with Diabetes

Diabetes Education at UnityPoint Health

If you have diabetes – and nearly 30 million Americans do – it's important you take an active role in your own health care.

You can reduce your risk of complications by actively working with your health care team to keep your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure under control.

"Diabetes will need your attention for the rest of your life, and you are a very important part of developing a treatment plan and determining your outcome," said Amy Sinnwell, a nurse and diabetes educator at UnityPoint Clinic.

To manage your diabetes, the American Association of Diabetes Educators points to seven key self-care behaviors:

  1. healthy eating
  2. being active
  3. monitoring
  4. taking medication
  5. problem solving
  6. healthy coping 
  7. reducing risks

By being diligent, you can lower your risk of long-term health complications associated with diabetes, such as nerve damage, kidney failure and heart attacks.

Learn more about diabetes education at UnityPoint Health

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