Diabetes Information for People with Diabetes

Diabetes touches almost every part of your life. It’s a serious, lifelong condition, but there’s a lot you can do to protect your health. You can take charge of your health—not only for today, but for the coming years.

Diabetes can cause health problems over time. It can hurt your eyes, your kidneys, and your nerves. It can lead to problems with the blood flow in your body. Even your teeth and gums can be harmed. Diabetes in pregnancy can cause birth defects such as neural tube defects, cardiovascular defects, and cleft lip/palate. Many of these problems don’t have to happen. You can do a lot to prevent them, and there are people in your community who can help. more

What you should do

  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; more
  • Be an active member of your healthcare team; more
  • Get dilated eye examinations annually to prevent diabetic eye disease;
  • Take care of your feet by checking them daily. Have your doctor regularly examine your feet to prevent any serious complications;
  • Practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months; more
  • If you smoke or use tobacco quit; more
  • Increase your level of physical activity; more
  • Follow a low-fat meal plan and maintain a healthy weight; more
  • Get a flu and pneumonia shot as recommended by your healthcare provider;
  • Check your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides regularly to reduce your risk of heart disease;
  • Dispose of insulin syringes in containers that prevent the needles from causing harm. more
  • Get support and learn more: attend a support group or Living Well Rhode Island Program, or contact a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator more.

What we are doing

Living Well Rhode Island

We provide evidence-based chronic disease self-management education to people with diabetes statewide. The program’s chronic disease self-management workforce has been developed for both English and Spanish education. more contact

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Education Program (CDOE)

We use state and national standards to certify and provide continuing education for a workforce of nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists diabetes educators and practice sites. This workforce in turn teaches people with diabetes to better manage their condition. more