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Small Steps: Managing Chronic Illness

Dealing with a chronic illness like diabetes can be challenging. These tips can help you reduce frustration and feel more in control.

When you’re trying to manage a chronic illness like diabetes, small changes add up. Try these practical tips to help you take charge and get organized.

  1. Do your research
    The more you know about your condition, the better you can manage it. If you’re doing research on the internet, make sure that any information you find is from reputable, professional sources. Direct any questions to your doctor or nurse, and keep notes of any information you receive.

  2. Build a team
    Consider building a caregiving team, including professionals such as a doctor, nurse, psychologist, dietician, personal trainer, and other healthcare experts. Click here to find a provider near you.

  3. Coordinate your care
    If you’re seeing multiple practitioners for chronic illness, be sure to connect them so they can share information about your condition. Again, keep notes and records, and share information between your providers.

  4. Make gradual lifestyle changes
    Healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and eating better can help with many chronic conditions. Always consult your doctor or other health practitioner before making these changes or starting a new exercise program.

  5. Take advantage of your benefits
    As a member, you can take advantage of a number of programs designed to help support chronic illness. You’re invited to take your Blue Health Assessment where you’ll get a simple action plan for a healthier you. Then, track your goals with the Online Health Coach to get support along the way. You can also learn more about our:
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