Welcome to DIY (Do It Yourself) Diabetes with Marci Page Sloane

How to DIY
How to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Diabetes Management

You've been diagnosed with diabetes. It may have been yesterday, last month, last year or many years ago. Unlike a host of other possible diseases (cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, liver or kidney disease), this is one of the few diseases that YOU can self-manage. But how?

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! I’m sure you've heard that quote before. You first need to understand what diabetes is and what is affecting this disease. Luckily, ADW has provided a wealth of information for people with diabetes so now you can gain that knowledge. Sure, there’s a lot of fine-tuning but where do you begin?

By reading through this website, you will be lead through the 12-steps to controlling diabetes. But briefly, you need to test your blood sugar (there are so many simple monitors for you to use!) so you know how certain things are affecting you – otherwise you'll have no idea! Yes, you need a tiny drop of blood, and yes, you'll feel a slight needle prick, but this is your life!

Your food choices, exercise regimen, stress level and hormones will affect blood sugar levels. There is a lot to know but you owe it to yourself to find out and take charge on this disease before it controls you! I can help you. Please read my articles and if you need further assistance to fine-tune a few things, I am available to counsel you online/on the phone. Once you are clear about diabetes and its effects on your body and your lifestyle then you will be in control. Your diabetes team of doctors and educators are there to lead you on the right path and to follow through always but you are most important.

How do you control your diabetes? You do-it-yourself!


Marci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Marci is the author of The Diet Game: Playing for Life! More about Marci Sloane

The goal of Destination Diabetes® is to be a useful and credible resource for the more than 20 million children and adults who have diabetes in the U.S. and their families. Destination Diabetes® provides information on a wide range of diabetes health and wellness topics. Articles are written or reviewed by diabetes advisors who have experience in diabetes education.