Getting started on the journey to managing diabetes.
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Diabetes Facts

1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes. In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.

What's Inside?

Understanding diabetes is the first step towards living one’s best life – the importance of healthy eating, regular exercise, and managing your medication. The Let's Be Well Diabetes Box gives those living with diabetes the practical tools to take the necessary steps and empowers them to take care of themselves – on their own terms.

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Let's Be Well

AARP | American Diabetes Association

Expertly curated boxes by names you can trust.

As trusted experts, AARP and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have collaborated to inspire, encourage, and support the over 30 million Americans living with diabetes. Research has shown that the key to managing chronic conditions is empowering people to take care of themselves - on their own terms.

Whether you select the Regular or Plus versions, the Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box provides expertly curated products and information that empower recipients to take the first small steps towards living a healthier life.

What are people saying?

"This is the tool I wish I had when I first started managing my diabetes. If I could do it all over again (and this existed) I would consider this a great resource to start with."

— Mila B.

"The box gave me an opportunity to encourage and help her as a friend, and it felt great to bring this gift to her."

— Pamela A.

"I love the convenience of everything in one place. It's super neat!"

— Sharon E.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that causes your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, to rise higher than normal. When you eat, your body breaks many foods down into glucose during digestion. Insulin then helps move the glucose from the blood into your cells to be used for energy. With type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, can’t use the insulin it does make, or both. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can lead to health issues such as nerve damage, kidney or eye problems, heart disease, and stroke. Living a long and healthy life with diabetes is possible with appropriate lifestyle modifications. Treatment may include meal planning, increased physical activity, oral medications, and insulin.

Eating Well

Part of diabetes management is eating well, but this doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived of your favorite foods. Creating a balanced meal plan that fits into your daily routine is key. With the right portion sizes, people with diabetes can eat foods from all of the important food groups: vegetables, fruit, dairy, grains, meat, and meat substitutes. Once you get the hang of eating healthy, you’ll find a variety of delicious meals and snacks to choose from. Small tweaks to your eating plan can help you manage your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Staying Active

Adding physical activity to your weekly routine not only helps you feel good overall, but can also help manage diabetes. During exercise, your cells take glucose out of the blood. Staying active can lower your blood glucose for 24 hours or more after a workout by making your body more sensitive to insulin. The overall effect on your blood glucose will depend on various factors, including the length of activity. Try aerobic activities, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, strength training with resistance bands, or flexibility training through various stretches.

Let's Be Well

Let’s Be Well is a symbol of a new beginning, a roadmap to help take back your health and your life. When you open this box we want you to feel inspired to become the best version of you. It starts with one small step. Let's take it together.