Tips to stay on track

Understanding how to manage your diabetes is the key to staying on track

Whether you have taken another insulin or are just starting insulin, understanding how to manage your diabetes is the key to reaching your diabetes goals. The right tools and the right knowledge can help you get there, one day at a time.

Make smart, nutritious choices

Get active every day

Exercise doesn’t have to be overwhelming
Activities like walking the dog, cleaning the house, and washing the car can be part of your exercise routine. How you choose to exercise is less important than finding a way to stay active regularly. When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin, so the insulin can work more efficiently. Exercising, even in smaller increments, can help lower blood sugar and improve your A1C.

For example, you could:

  • Replace a coffee break with going for a walk
  • Walk around while on the phone instead of staying seated
  • Use the stairs at work instead of the elevator
  • Stretch while watching TV instead of lounging
  • Park at the far end of a parking lot to get a longer walk
  • Rake leaves in the yard or garden
Man and woman being active outdoors

For more support, talk with your health care provider, who can recommend good ways to stay active on a daily basis.

Work with your health care provider
In addition to helping you make decisions about your exercise routine, your health care provider can talk to you about the diabetes medicines and over-the-counter medications you take. Depending on your level of physical activity, you may need to change from one medicine to another or adjust the amount you take.

Physical activity and low blood sugar
Sometimes exercise can cause low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia. It is a good idea to bring a snack or glucose tablets in case your blood sugar gets too low while being active.

Know signs and symptoms to watch out for
Speak to your health care provider about testing your blood sugar to see how the physical activity affected your levels. As always, speak to your health care provider if you’re concerned about low blood sugar.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia at    


A condition that occurs when a person’s blood sugar is lower than usual, usually less than 70 mg/dL. Signs include hunger, nervousness, shakiness, sweating, light-headedness, and confusion. If left untreated, hypoglycemia may lead to unconsciousness. Hypoglycemia can be simply treated by consuming a carbohydrate-rich food such as juice. If the person is unconscious or unable to swallow, it may also be treated with an injection of glucagon.

Glucose tablets

Tablets made of pure sugar, used for treating low blood sugar.    

Get inspired to build healthier habits

Sign up for a support program that provides personalized tools and tips to help you meet your diabetes goals. The Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach offers a step-by-step, customized action plan to help you build the healthy habits and skills you need to manage your diabetes.

Register today

Working with a diabetes educator

A diabetes educator can be a nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker, or other health care provider. Many diabetes educators have also earned the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential. Diabetes educators help people develop the skills to successfully manage their diabetes by teaching diabetes-friendly lifestyle and behavior.

When you enroll in Cornerstones4Care®, you will have access to one-on-one telephone calls with a CDE. You may request to be contacted by a CDE or you can call 1-877-246-8910 to talk to a CDE from 9 AM to 6 PM (ET) Monday – Friday.

Stay on top of your blood sugar

Download the Personal Progress Tracker and log your blood sugar numbers to share with your health care provider.

Get the Personal Progress Tracker 

Is insulin right for me?

If you have type 2, find out more about insulin and how it can help control blood sugar, then talk to your health care provider to see if insulin may be an option for you.

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