Simple strategies to live well with diabetes

by Kaiser Permanente |

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes — about 1 in 10 — and most have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have type 2 diabetes, there’s too much sugar in your blood, which can cause serious problems for your feet, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.

You’re more at risk for developing this disease if you’re over 45 — yet more and more children and young adults are also developing it. So, what can you do to manage your diabetes or even help prevent it?

Manage your health with diet and exercise

Unlike many health conditions, you can take steps to control your diabetes. Look for ways to build activity into your day, like a walk with a co-worker or a weekend hike. Reach for healthy snacks instead of processed foods. Making these lifestyle changes not only can help you feel better but can also help you take charge of your diabetes. And you can also turn to your health care team for additional support.

If you’re ready to make a change but not sure where to start, we’re here for you. Check out our newly designed Living Well with Diabetes workshop, offered in English at no cost to Kaiser Permanente members in Southern California.

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have had diabetes for some time, we’re here to help. Get support from others who know what you’re going through and guidance from professionals, including how to:

  • Check your blood sugar
  • Recognize the signs of high and low blood sugar and what to do about them
  • Eat healthy without giving up your favorite foods
  • Manage your stress
  • Find fun ways to get active
  • Take your medications the right way

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Need more help?

The Living Well with Diabetes workshop isn’t all we provide to help you manage your health. You have access to other options as well, including:

  • Personalized, online programs and resources to help you create healthy habits. Learn more at
  • Wellness Coaching by Phone connects you to your own personal wellness coach. "I totally changed my life, and I’m so grateful for this resource," says Southern California member Gloria of the wellness coaching program. "It’s been wonderful having my coach supporting me on this journey every step of the way." This service may be available in English and Spanish to Kaiser Permanente members. Call 1-866-862-4295 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

By watching your diet, exercising, and taking advantage of resources available to you as a Kaiser Permanente member, it is possible to live an active and healthy life with diabetes.