10) Don't smoke (good advice for us all).
This may seem like a long list, and it is. But keeping these numbers in check and getting the necessary medical exams can make all the difference in preventing serious complications from diabetes.
Pay it forward -- help a friend with diabetes by being their health buddy, offer to go with them for important tests and help them to achieve their target medical goals.
As always, I welcome your comments and questions.
Dr. Marie Savard is an ABC News medical contributor. Her new book, "Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk and Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions," will be available in August.