Where Do I Begin With Type 2?

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Start here! This section will give you the first steps for taking control of your type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a journey. The American Diabetes Association is ready to be with you every step of the way.

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Start Here

This section will give you the first steps for taking control of your type 2 diabetes.

Getting Started With Diabetes

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or use it well.

Taking Care of Your Diabetes

Your diabetes care team will help you, but day-to-day diabetes care is up to you.

Explore: Where Do I Begin With Type 2?

  • Choosing What, How Much, and When to Eat

    While you may need to make some changes, you have flexibility in deciding what’s on the menu.

  • Getting Active

    Being active is another part of living healthy and managing diabetes.

  • Aerobic Activity

    Aerobic activity makes your heart and bones strong, relieves stress, helps your insulin work better and improves blood flow.

  • Weight Loss

    Losing weight can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Medicines

    Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help get and keep your blood glucose in your target range.

  • Checking Blood Glucose

    Checking your blood glucose is one way you can know how food, activity and medicine affect your blood glucose.

  • How Do You Feel?

    Different people have different feelings about getting type 2 diabetes. Some people get angry or depressed.

  • Getting Support

    Your family and friends can be a great source of support because they care about you.