(NC) Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can be scary and comes with many questions. Your current lifestyle and routine will need to change in order to properly manage your blood glucose levels. If you are wondering where to begin, read on for helpful information.

1. Consult the experts. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to know what advice to follow. A good place to start is the Canadian Diabetes Association’s website, which offers helpful information and tools. Your healthcare practitioner can also guide you on the proper next steps to take and where to go for support.

2. Manage your eating habits. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose is a crucial part of living with diabetes. Selecting the appropriate ingredients, planning your meals in advance, and having some go-to healthy recipes will make it easier to go about your daily life and lessen the impact diabetes has on your well-being.

3. Use the right tools. Most people cannot tell what their blood glucose levels are simply by how their body feels. Having the right tools to understand what is going on is important– especially if insulin is part of their treatment. Designed specifically to meet the needs of people living with diabetes in today’s connected world, the new Accu-Chek Connect system with Bluetooth capability now makes it easy to get accurate blood glucose readings, share and analyze stored data in a single, convenient device. A downloadable app lets users access results at their convenience and share with their caregivers in real time.

“We are committed to developing solutions that encourage patients to stay involved and engaged in managing their diabetes, while giving them the quality they and their healthcare professionals expect,” says Nathalie Chiasson, General Manager of Roche Diabetes Care in Canada.

4. Hit the gym. Exercise is another key component of proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits associated with being active, regular exercise will ensure more stable blood glucose levels.

5. Get a support system. Connecting with other people living with diabetes who understand the daily grind of counting carbohydrates; testing blood glucose levels multiple times per day; and dealing with the various highs and lows (both physical and emotional) of life with diabetes can make all the difference in maintaining a positive outlook and remaining committed to your self-care.

Find more information at www.accu-chek.ca.