Week 2: Everything in Moderation
Setting Goals to Help You Find Balance
Last week, you learned something new each day with the daily to-do list. This week,
we’d like to help you set your own goals, so you can apply those skills to help
you find balance with your diabetes treatment plan, which may include diet, exercise,
and other diabetes medicines, and your daily routine. Setting and attaining small
goals can help you on the road to improved blood sugar control.
Define Your Goals
Take it slowly at first by setting realistic goals for yourself such as exercising for 30 minutes every day,
adding 5 extra minutes to your current workout, or choosing fresh fruit for dessert.
Develop an Action Plan
Choose specific activities (walking for 10 minutes, making time to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables)
that will help you to reach your goals.
Chart Your Success
Check off your accomplishments to help you measure your success.
If your plan of action isn’t working as well as you hoped, take another look at your efforts and choose
new ways to help you reach your goals.
Reward yourself every once in a while. If you exercise every day for a week, and take your Lantus®
at the same time each day, treat yourself to something special—a new song download, or a movie you’ve
always wanted to watch.
Finding balance can go a long way toward helping you reach your goal of improved blood sugar control.
Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the
inactive ingredients in Lantus®.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®.
Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your
healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution.
It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be
serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless
with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may
experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life-threatening. It may cause harm to your
heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions,
including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including
itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life-threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they
can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your
doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin
pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and
follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.
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The health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes
only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding
your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions
about your health or treatment.