Living Well with Diabetes

Hagerstown Diabetes Education

At Meritus Health, we provide a comprehensive, six-week education and support network to help patients learn how to live with diabetes. While there is not yet a cure for diabetes, we know enough about the disease that people can live long, fulfilling lives as long as they make healthy lifestyle choices.

To find out more about this FREE program, call or email Cindy Missling at 301-790-8964 or She can answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about the program which is offered both in-person or virtually.

Eating Well

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll have to make some changes to the way you eat, but you can still eat the foods you like. Meal planning, portion control and eating a variety of foods is key to controlling your blood sugar and losing weight.

Start by building a healthy plate of leafy greens, lean protein, and whole grains.

Physical Activity

Regular activity can improve how your body uses insulin and help you lose weight. Begin with 10 minutes of exercise daily and gradually work up to 30 minutes, five days a week. Physical activity may include:

  • A brisk walk
  • Swimming or water aerobics
  • Bicycling indoors or outdoors
  • Treadmill or elliptical training
  • Low-impact aerobics

The most important aspect of exercise is to set aside time for it, track your physical activity and establish a goal. Talk to your primary care provider before starting an exercise program. Learn more about how you can incorporate physical activity into your day.

When regular exercise and healthy eating are not enough to control blood sugar levels, your doctor may prescribe oral medication and/or insulin therapy to help your body use insulin more effectively or secrete more insulin.

Living Well with Diabetes