Real. Refreshing. Advice.

To offer you real knowledge from (you guessed it) real people living with type 2 diabetes, we listened carefully as they shared a bunch of helpful quotes and insider tips to help you manage your condition. We like to call them type 2 diabetes life hacks. Take your pick from the collection below.

Keep in mind, every person is different, so what works for someone else might not work for you. These aren’t medical professionals after all. Just friendly people who wanted to lend a hand. Be sure to ask your doctor which tips could help you.

Click any category you wish and use the life hacks that make sense for you.

Working out

Exercise your options

Make exercise fun and enjoyable; if it’s a part of your lifestyle, it can stop being a chore.

“An active lifestyle can help keep your numbers down, but a sluggish lifestyle gets you sluggish numbers.” — Randy J.

Gym everywhere

Stay active even when you’re not at the gym, like taking the stairs at work!

Sneaker savvy

Lay out your workout clothes the night before. Sometimes the hardest part is putting on your shoes.

Dance break

Exercise can be walking. Or hiking. Or dancing!

“Sometimes if I’m feeling good and I came this far, I’ll walk one more block.” — Jesus M.

Take a stand

If you’re sitting all day at work, try to move at least once an hour.

Keep it fresh

Mix up your workout routine—
adding variety can help you stay interested!

Measuring success

Selfie time!

Try keeping a visual diary of yourself to measure your progress: month to month, year to year.

“Test yourself. The numbers don’t lie—they keep me honest and motivate me.” — Helen F.
“I started to feel like my old self at the gym again.” — Dan P.

Pocket your progress

It can help to track your levels and progress on your phone so you can always refer to it.

“The best food diary for me is when I have to pull my belt up another notch—that feels SO good.” — Randy J.
“When I write every single thing I’m eating, that’s when I know if I’m succeeding. Because I can see that I’m not cheating.” — Edward C.

Stepping stones

Focus on small, achievable goals. Sometimes thinking too big-picture can be intimidating.

Top-to-bottom

After you take your meds, turn the pill bottle upside-down so you don’t forget.

Page turner

Keep a little notebook of your workout activities with calories burned.

Eating smart

Good to go

Keeping healthy snacks with you at all times can help—even when you’re on the go, you can stick with your diet plan.

“I was the greasy hamburger person. Now I’m the lean, healthy chicken breast person!” — Lila K.

Flavor splash

Drink water with a splash of lemon juice instead of sugary
fruit juices or soda.

Savvy substitutions

When you’re cooking, think about using spices instead of salt. With a lot of spices, you can get the flavors in without adding sodium.

“Learn to read food labels. It can help a lot.” — Randy J.

Shop around

Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store. In many supermarkets, that’s where you can find fresh veggies, lean meats and other healthy foods.

Smart shoppers

Don’t grocery shop hungry, come with a list, and don’t buy junk food on an impulse!

Like brown on rice

Cook low glycemic-impact foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and multi-grain pasta.

“Kale is my best friend. It’s filling, low in calories, and flavorful.” — Soraya S.
Staying positive

Putting it in perspective

Think of the things you really enjoy in life. Use them as motivation to stay healthy and stay on top of your type 2 diabetes management.

“Take each day, one at a time. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” — Andre R.

Spotlight the highlights

Focus on your successes, past and future—don’t dwell on less successful moments or days.

“Relax—don’t let anyone overwhelm you.” — Helen F.

Momentum is key

If your routine is going well, do your best to stick with it! Results won’t happen overnight.

How about hobbies?

Find an interest or hobby that can help you relieve stress, like word puzzles, jewelry making, or playing the piano.

“Diabetes lives with me. I don’t live with diabetes.” — Randy J.

Nix the chips

Keep healthy snacks close by at work so your stress-snacking is still guilt-free.

“Keep thinking positive. You only live once!” — Jesus M.
Finding support

All-star lineup

There’s a lot of different info out there. Create your own trusted support team of doctors, specialists, family, and friends to help you sort the facts.

“With so much important information available, please ask, ask, ask. Find out what you need to know.” — Helen F.

Give & take

Use online communities to chat with other real people with type 2 diabetes.

“I use forums and group chats online to discuss what I did right each night.” — Dan P.

Techy tools

Use your phone for more than games! Some apps can help you find the right doctor for anything.

“I called my diabetes educator. She’s like a diabetes coach. She provided reinforcement and encouragement.” — Jesus M.
“Education is key. Diabetes is always changing.” — Vanessa B.

All about mindset

Remember that medication is
an aid, not a cure.

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WHAT IS JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

JARDIANCE is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Dehydration. JARDIANCE can cause some people to have dehydration (the loss of body water and salt). Dehydration may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, light-headed, or weak, especially when you stand up. You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you: have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics), are on a low salt diet, have kidney problems, are 65 years of age or older.
  • Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis is a serious condition and may need to be treated in the hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis occurs in people with type 1 diabetes and can also occur in people with type 2 diabetes taking JARDIANCE, even if blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking JARDIANCE and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, and if possible, check for ketones in your urine: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
  • Serious urinary tract infections. Serious urinary tract infections can occur in people taking JARDIANCE and may lead to hospitalization. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach or pelvis, or blood in the urine. Sometimes people also may have a fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take JARDIANCE may get vaginal yeast infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), and/or vaginal itching.
  • Yeast infection of the penis. Men who take JARDIANCE may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis, especially uncircumcised males and those with chronic infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience redness, itching or swelling of the penis, rash of the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, and/or pain in the skin around the penis.

Who should not take JARDIANCE?

  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you are allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients in JARDIANCE.
  • Symptoms of serious allergic reactions to JARDIANCE may include: skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking JARDIANCE and contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis.

What should I tell my doctor before using JARDIANCE?

Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during your treatment with JARDIANCE. Also tell your doctor if you have liver problems; have a history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet; have or have had problems with your pancreas, including pancreatitis or surgery on your pancreas; drink alcohol very often, or drink a lot of alcohol in the short term (“binge” drinking); have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if JARDIANCE will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if JARDIANCE passes into your breast milk.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take water pills (diuretics) or medicines that can lower your blood sugar such as insulin.

What are other possible side effects of JARDIANCE?

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): if you take JARDIANCE with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking or feeling jittery.
  • Kidney Problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened in people taking JARDIANCE. Talk to your doctor right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long.
  • Increased fats in your blood (cholesterol).

The most common side effects of JARDIANCE include urinary tract infections and yeast infections in females.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

For more information, please see Prescribing Information, and Patient Information.

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WHAT IS JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

JARDIANCE is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Dehydration. JARDIANCE can cause some people to have dehydration (the loss of body water and salt). Dehydration may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, light-headed, or weak, especially when you stand up. You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you: have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics), are on a low salt diet, have kidney problems, are 65 years of age or older.
  • Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis is a serious condition and may need to be treated in the hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis occurs in people with type 1 diabetes and can also occur in people with type 2 diabetes taking JARDIANCE, even if blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking JARDIANCE and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, and if possible, check for ketones in your urine: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
  • Serious urinary tract infections. Serious urinary tract infections can occur in people taking JARDIANCE and may lead to hospitalization. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach or pelvis, or blood in the urine. Sometimes people also may have a fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take JARDIANCE may get vaginal yeast infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), and/or vaginal itching.
  • Yeast infection of the penis. Men who take JARDIANCE may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis, especially uncircumcised males and those with chronic infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience redness, itching or swelling of the penis, rash of the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, and/or pain in the skin around the penis.

Who should not take JARDIANCE?

  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you are allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients in JARDIANCE.
  • Symptoms of serious allergic reactions to JARDIANCE may include: skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking JARDIANCE and contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis.

What should I tell my doctor before using JARDIANCE?

Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during your treatment with JARDIANCE. Also tell your doctor if you have liver problems; have a history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet; have or have had problems with your pancreas, including pancreatitis or surgery on your pancreas; drink alcohol very often, or drink a lot of alcohol in the short term (“binge” drinking); have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if JARDIANCE will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if JARDIANCE passes into your breast milk.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take water pills (diuretics) or medicines that can lower your blood sugar such as insulin.

What are other possible side effects of JARDIANCE?

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): if you take JARDIANCE with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking or feeling jittery.
  • Kidney Problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened in people taking JARDIANCE. Talk to your doctor right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long.
  • Increased fats in your blood (cholesterol).

The most common side effects of JARDIANCE include urinary tract infections and yeast infections in females.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

For more information, please see Prescribing Information, and Patient Information.

JAR CONS ISI 1.11.17