You're eating well, exercising and taking medication to manage your diabetes, but you still think, "what health challenges will I face in the future"? While nobody has a crystal ball to tell us the future, we know that if you take good care of your diabetes you can delay or prevent complications.

That's why it's so important that you keep up with your appointments, make sure to go in for routine lab tests, blood pressure, hemoglobin A1C, which reveals your average blood sugar control over the last three months, and your annual kidney and urine screenings. Also, it's important for most people with diabetes to take a statin medication to lower the risk of heart attack.

Get regular eye and dental exams, check your feet daily, and have your doctor check them too when you go in for a visit. You should see your doctor every 6 to 12 months to make sure your diabetes is well controlled; and your diabetes care team, either a nurse or a pharmacist who works with your doctor, is always there to help you manage diabetes.

And if you're feeling upset or depressed, talk to your doctor or care team; you're not alone. We're here to help, you can live well with diabetes when you take control of your diabetes. We have online tools, articles, videos, and photos stories to help you.