Diabetes

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Even small lifestyle changes can help you manage your diabetes.

Diabetes

Could I have diabetes without knowing it?

People often have diabetes long before any symptoms appear. If you have these symptoms, be sure to get checked for diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Fatigue

Learn more about the steps our doctors take to diagnose diabetes.

Diabetes Basics Class Handouts

Check out Journey for Control. This website uses “conversation maps,” which are tools to explore and explain how to manage your diabetes. The Diabetes Basic series in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest region uses similar maps.

Am I at risk for diabetes?

Diabetes can affect anyone, at any age. There are risk factors that make it more likely for some people, including:

  • Being overweight
  • A family history of diabetes
  • A history of gestational diabetes

If you think you may be at risk, making certain lifestyle changes can help.

Learn more about steps you can take to help prevent diabetes.

How can I manage diabetes?

To keep your diabetes under control, it’s important to:

You can also talk with your doctor about whether medicine might help. Some people with diabetes use insulin:

Get a Diabetes Emergency Plan to help you prepare for natural disasters or other emergency situations.

Check out this video about “Three Things to Improve Your Diabetes.”

Diabetes and Balance

Create an action plan

Managing your diabetes is a lot easier when you create an action plan around your eating habits, exercise, and any medication you may be taking — even if it’s for a different condition. The more you know, the easier it will be to stay healthy.

Watch this video to learn about creating an action plan that’s right for you.

If I become pregnant, will it affect my diabetes? What about gestational diabetes?

It depends on the pregnancy. Some women can manage diabetes throughout their pregnancy with regular exercise and healthy food choices. Others may also need medication.

If you’re pregnant and managing diabetes, talk with your doctor to decide on the best treatment options for you.

Watch this video about diabetes and pregnancy.

How can Kaiser Permanente help me?

We offer helpful information and resources to help keep you healthy. Here are some tools to use:

You also can find more health and wellness info with podcasts and videos at kp.org/mydoctor/healthtalks, and with free live and recorded webinars at kpwebinar.org.

Your prevention plan

Staying well by preventing or delaying disease is possible with health screenings and immunizations. Prevention plans can be tailored to every member of your family.

Learn more about preventive care services.