The Toolbox

Three tools help manage diabetes: diet, exercise and medication.  Some people can do it with just diet and exercise but most diabetics eventually need medication in addition.

In a nutshell, here's what the tools do:

  • The food you eat determines how much glucose your body has to deal with.     
  • Physical activity is the magic bullet because It naturally and quickly removes glucose from the blood.
  • Medication helps the body function closer to normal but it can't control blood glucose levels on its own.

The tools work together and a change in one means a change in another. We're all different and we need to figure out what works for us. It's a big reason diabetes is so challenging.