How Brook Supports the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors

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When it comes to managing diabetes, you are the most important member of your health care team! Diabetes can be complex and managing it can sometimes feel overwhelming. To make it a little easier, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has outlined the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors™ for diabetes self-management.  Good news – you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help!

Check out the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors™ and how Brook and our Health Coaches support you with each one:

 

1. Healthy Eating

Here at Brook we’ve developed the Brook Healthy Plate as a guide to creating blood sugar friendly meals. Our Health Coaches can support you with important healthy eating tips such as increasing fiber intake and creating balanced snacks, just to name a few. Best of all, you can feel confident knowing that a team of health professionals are keeping an eye on the foods and blood sugars you report. Our Health Coaches can provide feedback, look for connections, and notice things in your data that you might not. They love talking about food and are available to chat and answer questions about all aspects of healthy eating.

 

2. Being Active

Brook can sync to your phone or fitness wearable to help keep track of your steps and exercise. Our Health Coaches can help you set goals, provide accountability, and show how activity affects your blood sugar readings.

 

3. Monitoring

Using the Brook app, you can record your blood sugar readings and some glucometers can sync that data directly. You’ll be able to see trends in your blood sugar over time, or related to activity and food. Our Registered Dietitians are there to provide feedback on how to manage highs and lows, and suggest adjustments in your routine to improve those readings.

 

4. Taking Medication

You can report your medication schedule and track your medication administration in the Brook app. It’s important to remember to take your medications as prescribed, and Brook is here to help you remind you! Our Health Coaches can answer questions about medications such as managing possible side-effects and when to chat with your doctor regarding medication concerns.

 

5. Problem Solving

Keeping track of your blood sugar readings, food, and activity makes it easier to see patterns and how all of those pieces affect each other. Our Health Coaches are also available to help you troubleshoot, remove barriers, and decide what changes to make to keep your blood sugar in the safe zone.

 

6. Reducing Risks

Using Brook and chatting with our Health Coaches encourages you to adopt healthy behaviors that not only helps manage diabetes but can also reduce risk of diabetes-related complications and other health concerns.

 

7. Healthy Coping

The Health Coaches at Brook are another addition to your network of support for managing diabetes. They are available to chat, right in the app, 7 days a week. They have ideas for stress management and healthy coping strategies. We’re here to help!

Do you need support managing diabetes or know someone who does? Chat with one of our Health Coaches and see how we can help. Or forward this to a friend and tell them to try Brook!

Reviewed by Kelsea Hoover, MS, RDN​

on February 10th, 2020. Kelsea is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Health Coaches.