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Tips for Managing Your Diabetes and Avoiding Complications

Keep track of the food you eat

For people with diabetes, it's important to keep body weight and blood sugar under control. It may help to record your eating habits in a food diary. Details like what time you eat, how hungry you are before and after you eat and even what you're thinking about while you eat could go in your food diary. After a while, you may learn more about why you make the food choices you make and what you can do to change them, if necessary.


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Kick bad habits, such as smoking and alcohol

Smoking cigarettes can lead to many health problems. Diabetes symptoms and diabetes complications are worse for smokers than nonsmokers. It's also important not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. If you are a heavy drinker and have diabetes, it is a good idea to cut down or even stop drinking. To know more about how your drinking habits may be affecting your diabetes, talk to your doctor.

Diabetes and maintaining healthy teeth and gums

Diabetes may lead to higher levels of sugar in your saliva. This could lead to a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush at least three times a day and floss daily. You should also make regular visits to your dentist for examinations and cleanings. Learn more about diabetes and your teeth and gums at

Diabetes and sleep—getting a good night's rest

It is important to your overall heath to get a full night of sleep. If you sleep for a normal amount of hours every night but still feel tired during the day, you may have sleep apnea. Loud ongoing snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. There may also be pauses in the snoring, followed by choking or gasping for air.

People with diabetes are more likely to have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor if you have sleep apnea, or if you feel that you aren't getting enough sleep at night.

Diabetes and foot care

Some people with diabetes get tingling or numbness in their feet due to nerve damage. This is called neuropathy. That is why it is important to take good care of your feet. Wash your feet daily and wear clean, dry socks throughout the day. Always wear something on your feet to protect them from cuts or bruises, even inside the house. Check your feet every day to make sure there are no blisters, swelling or other problems. You can talk to your doctor or a podiatrist about any foot problems you may have. Learn more about diabetes and foot problems.

Check in with your diabetes care team regularly

Your diabetes care team may be more than just your doctor.Your diabetes treatment plan is more than just your blood sugar. Diabetes may also affect your meal plan, eyes, nerves, feet and your teeth and gums. You should work with an endocrinologist, a registered dietitian, an ophthalmologist, a podiatrist and a dentist.

Selected Important Safety Information

Who should not use NovoLog® Mix 70/30?

  • Do not use NovoLog® Mix 70/30 if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

How should I take NovoLog® Mix 70/30?

  • NovoLog® Mix 70/30 starts acting fast. If you have type 1 diabetes, inject within 15 minutes before you eat a meal. If you have type 2 diabetes, inject within 15 minutes before or after starting your meal.
  • Inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 under the skin of your stomach area, upper arms, buttocks, or thighs, but never into a vein or muscle.
  • Do not mix NovoLog® Mix 70/30 with other insulin products or use in an insulin pump.
  • Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
  • Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.

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