Mari’s Top Tips for Managing Diabetes

Diabetes, Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Healthy Living
on November 1, 2011

Mari Ruddy, founder of Team WILD, which is a training system for people with diabetes who are looking to get fit, offers these top tips for newly diagnosed adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  1. You can view this as a death sentence. Or you can say to yourself, “This is an opportunity for me to take exquisite care of my amazing and precious body and self.” One way to do that is to say to yourself, “I’ve always wanted to be an athlete. Now’s my chance!”
  2. Make it a point to start learning everything you can about diabetes. Embrace information. Start a notebook, buy a few books, and interview some people. The online diabetes community is very active, so join in!
  3. Go to the American Diabetes Association ( website and find an event or group that resonates with you. Doing diabetes alone is really hard, so find friends with diabetes, and use them as sounding boards.
  4. Set a fitness goal for yourself, then make an action plan to reach your goal. Make sure the goal is do-able, and make sure the action steps are specific and clear. Remember, get help to reach your goal!
  5. You deserve to have the best medical team and diabetes team around you. Your life has changed. Demand (in a nice way!) that everyone treat you as the CEO of your life and body. Toward that end, ask lots of questions, and seek lots of support. No one but you lives in your body 24 hours a day, so take charge of your health and well-being! You CAN do this. You CAN live well. And for sure, come visit the Team WILD website ( for more tips on living a WILD and well life with diabetes!