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Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

1325 S Cliff Avenue
P.O. Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045

Self-Managing Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be much easier if you understand what is involved and have a set routine for remaining healthy.

By following these general self-management concepts, you can remain healthy and control diabetes.

Educate Yourself

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center's Diabetes Self-Management Program includes information on nutrition, exercise, medications, blood glucose monitoring and more. To learn more about this nationally recognized program, view our diabetes services.

Test Your Blood Sugar

By testing your own blood sugar, you can evaluate the effectiveness of your personalized diabetes health plan. Accurate and precise record keeping of your blood sugar helps you and your doctor recognize problems in your daily routine. Learn more about glucose & blood sugar management.

Plan Your Diet

You can regulate blood sugar levels more effectively by eating a proper, healthy diet. Some suggestions include:

  • Eat in moderation
  • Eat on a set schedule
  • Include plenty of vegetables, fruits and grain products in your diet
  • Use sugar, salt and sodium in moderation
  • Eliminate high fat, saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet

Get Physically Fit

Becoming and remaining physically fit is a very important aspect of dealing with diabetes. To find out about our Diabetes FITness Program, go to diabetes services or jump to the Avera McKennan Fitness Center website.

Manage Your Stress

Managing your stress levels successfully will keep your blood sugar levels more stable. If you have difficulty dealing with situations and complications involved with diabetes, joining one of our diabetes support groups can help.

You can learn even more about proper nutrition, managing stress and being physically fit by following the links in the column on the right side of this page!

If you have any questions about the information on this page or want to learn more about our diabetes services, call the Avera McKennan Diabetes Center at 605-322-8995.